One day after police asked for help finding Alicia Dean Ellis, her name has appeared as an inmate at the Criminal Justice Center.
Ellis was wanted on a warrant for felony identity theft. Colorado Springs Police Department say it was issued based on probable cause. She is allegedly involved with a string of five thefts in which she used stolen personal checks or credit cards.
CSPD spokesperson Barbara Miller says no details are available about how Ellis was apprehended.
Court papers obtained by 11 News outline how Ellis allegedly took the checks and credit cards from a 72-year-old woman at Sears.
The victim was trying on clothes in a dressing room, when she stepped away for a moment leaving her purse in the room.
Investigators say that gave Ellis enough time to rummage through the victim's wallet.
According to arrest papers, Ellis wrote out one of the checks to herself and tried to cash it at a bank. The teller was alerted that check was stolen and was able to get a copy of Ellis' license and fingerprint.
Police say they also have surveillance video of Ellis at Walmart, where she allegedly made several purchases on the stolen credit card.
Ellis is described as a white female, 5’6” tall, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and blond hair. She has a tattoo of a starfish on the right side of her neck.
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