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Authorities arrest one suspect, searching for another in Southside card-skimming fraud

Suspects in Southside card-skimming

Janique Shontie Crafter, left, and James Edward Faulks II, who authorities were searching for on Tuesday. 

Authorities on Tuesday announced that a Georgia man and woman stole debit card information from Alabama residents and used that information in several cities, including Oxford.

Law enforcement arrested Janique Shontie Crafter, 29, in connection with the crimes last month and continued on Tuesday to search for James Edward Faulks II, 37, both of Macon, Ga., according to a news release sent from Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall’s office.

Southside police discovered the crime when a bank notified them of suspicious transactions, according to the release. With the help of the bank, police determined the fraudulent activity was likely the result of a debit card skimmer, a device placed inside ATMs or gas station pumps that captures card information.  

Police traced the activity to a Southside gas station where video showed Crafter and Faulks as well as their vehicle and license plate number, according to the release.

"The debit card information that was skimmed in Southside was used to make illegal purchases in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Moody, Leeds and Oxford in Alabama, and Atlanta, LaGrange and Macon in Georgia," Marshall was quoted as saying in the release.  

Faulks and Crafter allegedly stole over $43,000 from card holders in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Colorado, according to the release.

Crafter remained in the Bibb County Jail in Georgia on Tuesday, charged with financial card fraud and financial identity fraud, according to an online jail inmate roster. Crafter will be transported to the Etowah County Jail and charged with first-degree theft and identity theft, according to the release.  

Both Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies are working with the U.S. Secret Service on possible federal charges for the two, according to the release.

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.