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News - April 4, 2012

Post office manager faces theft charges

by Renee Batti

The post office manager of Menlo College is facing charges of credit card and identification theft after an investigation by the Atherton Police Department concluded that she had stolen three credit cards sent to two students and a nonprofit operating on the campus.

Debra Lynn Blaylock, 55, of Santa Clara, was arraigned on felony charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on March 22, and remains in custody on $100,000 bail. The charges include three counts each of credit card theft and identification theft, and nine counts of commercial burglary.

The case came to light with the discovery by the nonprofit's CEO that a credit card issued to the organization but never received had been used multiple times in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

The CEO was able to obtain a video of the person activating the card, and recognized her, the DA's report said.

Atherton Police Detective Kristin Lopez located surveillance video at three businesses where the person using the credit card was identified as Ms. Blaylock, according to the DA's report.

After Ms. Blaylock's arrest, investigators found credit cards that had been issued to two Menlo College students, the report said. She was arrested on March 21, according to Atherton Police Lt. Joe Wade.

A preliminary hearing of the case is set for April 12.


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