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Woman arrested on 6 counts of forgery

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police were called to Old Navy on East Springs Drive for a woman trying to open a new credit card account.

An employee recognized the woman from the week before.  She had come to the store and opened an account already, however, this time she was using a different name.

When an officer arrived Sunday afternoon, the suspect was still in the process of trying to open another account.  She did provide the officer with a Vermont driver's license, which was later determined to be doctored.

The investigating officer found the woman was carrying receipts for numerous gift cards, worth several thousand dollars, from stores such as JCPenney, Boston Store, victoria's Secret, Best Buy, and Macy's.

The suspect may have taken out credit cards at stores on the east and west sides of Madison.

A loss prevention officer at Boston Store said a woman, believed to be the suspect, used an Arizona driver's license to take out two $500 gift cards at the end of January.  Those gift cards were used at Chicago area stores to purchase primarily cosmetics.

The suspect refused to provide any information Sunday.  During the booking process, a Dane County deputy was able to determine two more aliases the suspect has used.  Those would be in addition to the two identities used to take out the recent credit cards. 

The suspect was booked on the name Bathshuwa Edwards (24), of St. Paul, Minnesota; however, the arresting officer noted that the FBI's finger print identification system should be used for positive identification.

Law enforcement records show she likely has connections to St. Paul, Chicago and now Madison.

Edwards was arrested for fraudulent use of financial transaction card, six counts; forgery, four counts and resisting/obstructing, one count.

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