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Updated Feb 20, 2013 - 11:46 am

February 18, 2013

Another example of why it's so important to shred your mail and protect your identity.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said thieves used a victim's personal information to go on a big Christmas shopping spree. It happened on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 16 and 17, 2012.

"They opened a Macy's account and bought more than $14,000 worth of merchandise at the Chandler location," he said. "They did the same exact fraud at the Macy's at Paradise Valley Mall, when they purchased more than $4,400 worth of jewelry and handbags."

While the victim tries to clean-up the mess made of her credit report, the thieves, two women and a man, are enjoying the spoils of their crimes. The trio got away both times in a white four-door passenger car.

To read more about this case, click here.


Our next case brought total strangers together in a most violent way.

"This is scary," said Burch. "This was Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 just after 10:30 a.m. when both a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were shot at a bus stop at 7th Street and Indian School."

Both victims survived. Neither knew each other or the shooter.

"There's no apparent reason for the shooting. The suspect shot them and fled on foot," said Burch.

There was a man on a bicycle next to the shooter when it happened. He left as well. It's not known if the two know each other, but in any case the man is a witness and investigators would like to talk to him.

To read more about this case, click here.

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More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolaty.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns and Diamondbacks

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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