Police: Richmond woman left card at Olive Garden, later saw server buying TV at Wal-Mart

kward1@herald-leader.comJanuary 27, 2014 

A woman who accidentally left her credit card at Olive Garden later found her server using it to buy a television at Wal-Mart, Richmond police say.

The woman, who was not identified by police, said she ate at Olive Garden and inadvertently left her card behind after she paid, according to a news release.

The woman told police that she went back to the restaurant, but the credit card couldn't be found.

Soon after, police said, the woman got notice that her card was being used to make a purchase of more than $700 at Wal-Mart.

The woman went to Wal-Mart, where she said she saw the waiter who had served her at Olive Garden, later identified as Devincent J. Deterra, 27, pushing a cart out of the store with a television in it.

When the woman confronted Deterra, he "shoved the victim to the ground, causing her to land on and injure her shoulder, along with having a bloody nose," according to the news release.

Deterra then put the TV in a vehicle and left, police said.

The incident happened Jan. 19, but Richmond police released the information Monday.

After being called to Wal-Mart to investigate, police went to Deterra's home and questioned him, but they did not arrest him.

On Jan. 20, police went back to Deterra's home and found that he had returned the television to the Wal-Mart in Berea.

Police did not know whether a credit for the TV was posted to the victim's credit card account or whether Deterra got some kind of credit for it.

Deterra was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and charged with theft of a credit card, identity theft, theft by deception under $10,000 and fourth-degree assault.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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