Teen arrested after allegedly going on $11,000 shopping spree at The Domain

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teen was arrested Thursday after an alleged shopping spree of designer handbags at the Domain with a stolen credit card, according to Austin police. 

Police report that 17-year-old Sifu Zhao purchased an assortment of wallets and handbags totaling an estimated $11,630. 

The clerk at the Neiman Marcus store located in the Domain at 3400 Palm Way, told police Zhao paid for the large purchase with a silver Incircle Neiman Marcus credit card. She said the card was Hai Yan Hang. 

According to police, upon checking the account the card number was associated to, the cashier discovered it actually belonged to a 72-year-old woman. When the investigating officer reached out to the owner of the card, she told him her identity was stolen earlier that year and a similar fraudulent charge was made at Saks 5th Avenue in New York City.

Police were able to detain Zhao, and during an interrogation, he told them the card was given to him and he was asked to buy the handbags for Mother’s Day. After search police found Zhao was in possession of four separate Wells Fargo Visa Debit cards all in his name but with numbers that did not correlate to an actual bank account. 

Zhao was arrested and faces a charge of credit card abuse. his bond is set at $11,000.

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