JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 19-year-old woman accused of grand theft and using stolen credit cards by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was apprehended in Clay County on Tuesday night.
Jessica Ann Mystkowski had allegedly been targeting elderly women in grocery stores on the Jacksonville's Westside, according to a news release from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda.
Mystkowski may face additional charges in Clay County, according to a release from JSO PIO Shannon Hartley.
Bujeda said Mystkowski would allegedly follow elderly women in the grocery store. When the women look away from their grocery cart, Mystkowski would allegedly walk up and snatch the women's purse out of the shopping cart.
Myskowski would then allegedly go to the nearest Winn-Dixie store and use the credit cards out of the stolen purse to buy Visa gift cards, Bujeda said.
Bujeda said Mystkowski would continue to purchase gift cards until the credit or debit card is no longer accepted. Over the past 30 days, police said she has stolen numerous purses.
Mystkowski drives a 2006 white Toyota Scion XB. Bujeda said the car is missing the rim covers and had a factory tint on the windows.
Police sent out a surveillance picture of Mystkowski, a booking photo from a previous arrest in Clay County and a photo of what her Scion looks like.
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