Deputies: Tallahassee McDonald's cashier caught stealing customers' credit card info

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 14:06:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A drive thru cashier at a local McDonald's is facing more than 30 felony charges after admitting to stealing and using customers' credit card numbers. 

Tykiera Vincent, 18, is facing more than 30 charges related to bank fraud, criminal use of personal identification information, as well as grand theft. 

According to a probable cause document, the Leon County Sheriff's Office was called to the McDonald's at 3631 Mahan Drive in February about a suspicious incident. The complainant said that he was going through the McDonald's drive thru to get lunch.

When he handed the cashier, Vincent, his card, he noticed that she kept it for a while and pulled her phone out as if she was trying to take a picture of his card.

The man told deputies that he yelled at Vincent to give back his card, and when she did, the man said he saw her phone screen in camera mode. He then contacted law enforcement.

When deputies spoke with the store supervisor, they were able to view surveillance video depicting Vincent pulling out her phone "while looking around as if to make sure no one was watching her." 

However, the video wasn't clear enough for investigators to make out any details on the phone.

A few days later, deputies spoke with Vincent who admitted to stealing customers' credit card numbers. She stated, "I know I did a lot though, cause I took picture, I took pictures of it on my phone, but I know I didn't, I know for sure that I didn't go over no more than 25." 

Vincent told investigators that she took pictures while she was working the drive thru at McDonald's and had been making transactions between January 2018 and February 2018. 

During an investigation, it was revealed that Vincent's phone contained numerous pictures of customers' credit and debit card numbers as well as electronic receipts of the fraudulent purchases she made. 

In the end, investigators determined that Vincent had used at least seven victims' credit and debit card information to complete transactions totaling $1,529.71.

Detectives say they have reason to believe she may have taken photos of customers' credit cards approximately 25 times in over two months. The transactions ranged from Walmart purchases to Lyft rides and purchases at online clothing stores. 

They say she also used one victim's identity to open up a PayPal account. 

Based on the evidence, investigators found probable cause for 32 charges: Six counts of bank fraud, six counts of criminal use of personal identification information, five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, criminal use of personal identification information of a person 60 years old or older, organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, possession of a scanning device, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. 

A warrant was issued for Vincent's arrest on May 3. She was taken into custody on Wednesday and, as of Thursday, remains in jail on a $30,500 bond.