Donna Monique Williams

HICKORY NC – A Hickory woman who allegedly took her young son with her to use a stolen EBT card was arrested after police recognized the boy outside the woman’s apartment.

Donna Monique Williams, 40, of 1840 20th Ave. Drive NE, Apt. E, was charged with one count of felony welfare fraud.

Police were called to Catawba Ridge Apartments on 20th Avenue Drive NE Friday afternoon when the victim, a 33-year-old woman, noticed her car was broken into, said Lt. Philip Demas with the Hickory Police Department. The victim reported a duffle bag containing her wallet, credit cards, EBT card and other items was missing from her vehicle.

Officers determined fraudulent purchases were made with the EBT card at the Lowes Foods on 29th Avenue Drive NE, the Fresh Air Galaxy on 12th Avenue NE and the Vinai Asian-International Market on 16th Street NE, Demas said. The purchases totaled $491.98.

Surveillance cameras recorded video of a woman accompanied by a young boy using the card, Demas said.

After seeing the video, an officer returned to Catawba Ridge Apartments to continue investigating. He saw a boy whose description matched the boy in the surveillance footage and asked him who his mother was.

Police found the boy’s mother, who lives in the same apartment complex as the victim, Demas said. While speaking with officers, the woman admitted to using the victim’s EBT card, he said.

Williams was arrested and released with a $4,000 unsecured bond.

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