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SJSO: Two women wanted in suspected credit card fraud 
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SJSO: Two women wanted in suspected credit card fraud 

SJSO: Two women wanted in suspected credit card fraud 
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SJSO: Two women wanted in suspected credit card fraud 

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help as they try to identify these two women. 

Deputies say the two suspects entered a Walmart and were responsible for nine transactions, totaling over $4700. The Sheriff’s Office says they used five different stolen credit cards belonging to the same victim. 

If you have any information, you are asked to contact Deputy Winters at ewinters@sjso.org.


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