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ELKO – A former employee of a local gas station is accused of making several purchases at the station with a bogus credit card number.

According to the criminal complaint, over the course of six days Helen M. Souliere, 37, of Elko went to the station and bought a variety of goods from several employees using a credit card number she had memorized. She told the employees her card was at home or broken.

Surveillance of the transactions provided by the business alerted police to the crime.

During a visit to see Souleriere about a temporary protection order requested by her husband, police also questioned her about the purchases. She told them her divorce had put her in a tight spot and she had used card numbers written on a paper she had found on her table. She claimed she did not know who left the paper in her residence.

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Souliere, who goes by six other aliases, was arrested on a felony warrant April 17 for three counts of burglary and three counts of using a credit card, debit card, or identification without the owner’s consent.

Bail was listed at $75,000.


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