GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A local man was arrested and charged with using a stolen MidFlorida Community CU credit card to make a $1,000 down payment and drive off with a $12,000 used car last week.
On Oct. 18, Ryan Burney, 30, went to the Palm Chevrolet dealership, 2600 N. Main St., and negotiated with a salesperson to buy a 2004 Lincoln Town Car for $11,995. Burney drove away with the car after making two $500 down payments with a stolen card number, which he told the salesperson was his sister’s.
But he had bought the information from someone in Atlanta for $500 cash, according to police.
The card happened to belong to Lisa Butchee, a 51-year-old member of MidFlorida Community CU, who lived 130 miles south in Lake Alfred. Butchee finished working a 10-hour shift Saturday afternoon when she had a flat tire driving home. When she tried to pay the $23 to repaid the flat her debit card was declined.
On Monday, Butchee went to her credit union and saw her account overdrafted by almost $1,000.
The credit union member reported the loss to the Winter Haven Police Department, which then called Gainesville Police.
When Burney drove back to the dealership to have a GPS unit installed, police officers arrested him, and employees recovered the car and Burney was arrested on felony grand theft and fraud charges.
After his arrest, Burney told officers he did not know the debit card information was stolen.