A gift card stolen in the mail led to the arrests of three people this week, the Highlands County Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation began Nov. 25 when a Sebring man reported the $50 Walmart gift card he had mailed to his son Nov. 1 had not arrived. The victim said he had mailed the ar at the Avon Park post office, but when it arrived it looked like it had been opened.
The victim was able to trace the card and found it had been used for two online purchases and a purchase at the Avon Park Walmart.
Sheriff's detectives were able to trace the online purchases to Shaena Alicia Roman, 32, of Avon Park. Deputies got an arrest warrant and a search warrant for her home.
When deputies arrived Thursday to serve the warrants, they said the home smelled of burnt marijuana and the door was answered by a 2-year-old child,
Also at the home was Maurice Quincy Howard, 40, who is a convicted felon who was the subject of an active warrant for child neglect.
Several guns were found at the home, as well as the remains of marijuana blunts and numerous prescription bottles, all within the child's reach.
Roman told detectives she had purchased the stolen card from a postal employee, James Nathaniel Williams. Detectives went to the post office and arrested him.
Deputies said Williams told them the card was not in an envelope but was loose inside the mailbox. He admitted to taking the card and selling it, deputies said.
Williams was charged with petit theft, theft of a credit card, dealing with stolen property and fraud.
Roman was charged with using a two-way device to commit a felony, fraud, illegal use of a credit card, theft of a credit card, petit theft and child neglect.
Howard was charged with an additional count of child neglect and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
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