VERO BEACH – A man who works at a Vero Beach McDonald’s located at 5875 20th Street stole his co-worker’s debit card and used it at AMC Theater, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
On Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), an employee of McDonald’s called law enforcement to report a stolen debit card. She received text message receipts that was enabled for her card and reported two transactions taken place the same day at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the AMC Theater in Vero Beach.
Deputies then responded to AMC located at 6200 20th Street in Vero Beach about the charges. They spoke with the manager who obtained security video of when the transaction took place.
An individual walked in and used the card to purchase a ticket for Pitch Perfect 3. He then made a purchase for other items inside the theater.
Since the movie was still playing, the deputy waited outside looking for the person who matched the description to walk out. However, he was not found in the theater.
Another employee at AMC recognized the individual as someone he used to work with at McDonald’s in Vero Beach. He provided the name Atif Altaf Hussain.
Deputies went back to the McDonald’s and played the video footage to the victim, who identified the man as Hussain.
Law enforcement then made contact with Hussain at his residence. Hussain said he just got home from work, but then changed his story and said he wasn’t working today at McDonald’s.
Hussain, 21, told deputies he did go to the movies to see Pitch Perfect 3, but didn’t like it. So, he entered another theater to watch Jumanji.
When the deputy asked how he paid for the theater, he pointed to his own debit card. But, while the deputy was looking through his wallet, he found a receipt for “AMC Classic Indian River 24” for Pitch Perfect 3, and another receipt for Welch’s Fruit Snacks and an ICEE beverage. The card used on these two receipts ended in 1834, which belonged to the victim.
Hussain then admitted he used someone else’s card by mistake, then threw it away because he didn’t want to get in trouble by having it on him.
He told deputies that he intentionally used the card to purchase the items at the movie theater due to “greediness and stuff.”
While at the theater, Hussain attempted to purchase gift cards several times in different increments, but the card kept getting declined because the victim had already called her bank.
Hussain was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, and Theft.
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