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Posted at 9:16 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

D.C. mayor-elect's credit card stolen

By Clarence Williams and Keith L. Alexander

A 22-year-old CVS cashier was charged Wednesday with stealing D.C. mayor-elect Vincent Gray’s credit card on Thanksgiving day, after he left it at a store counter in Southeast. According to court documents and authorities, the cashier used the card to buy about $40 worth of cigarettes and liquor.

Prosecutors charged Tamika Garris, of the 2100 block of Mississippi Avenue, with two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of credit card fraud, court papers say.

Authorities believe Garris took Gray’s credit card Nov. 25 and bought cigarettes and cigars at the CVS pharmacy where she worked. Later that day, she allegedly bought about $25 of liquor.

Garris pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Wednesday, according to court records.

By Clarence Williams and Keith L. Alexander  | December 1, 2010; 9:16 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

Newports?

Posted by: OldSalt8 | December 1, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"a drugstore employment"

?????

I understand spelling errors every now and then but seriously. The Post needs to get better about this stuff. It's really getting out of hand.

Posted by: LoveTheCapitol | December 1, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Crime of opportunity. Don't leave your keys in the ignition. Don't leave your wallet on the counter at the drug store. Don't leave your front door unlocked.

Some young person may not be able to resist the temptation, and then he (or she) will encounter the criminal justice system.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"The Washington Examiner reports that a drugstore employment allegedly stole"


yes officer, that durn, nasty employment done gone and bought some Newports and a bunch of liquor on my dime!

I think they shared some with their brother, unemployment!

Posted by: OldSalt8 | December 1, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Just ghetto!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: RockCreekPark | December 2, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that someone in souffeast would actually steal something....isn't it?

Posted by: priveye | December 2, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Had he been viciously beaten for his card he'd know how many DC residents feel.

Posted by: plugugly7 | December 2, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

IQ testing is not needed for Ms Garris!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 2, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

My goodness she worked at the store and knew that the same "store" that she worked in had surveillance cameras and she still used the card. Glad they caught her, because the only suspect I could think of that would have stolen the card was Ronald Moten. LLS!

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 2, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me how dumb some people are. How could you not know that there are security cameras at work? How could you think that using a stolen credit card (especially one from a mayor-elect) would not result in you eventually getting caught (again with the security cameras)? Why not at least try to drum up public sympathy by using the card to buy groceries or medicine and use the cash you have left over to buy ciggies and liquor? Duh!

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | December 2, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

How dumb can you be (referring to the cigarette/liquor buying drugstore lady)

Posted by: Twecious | December 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Great lesson in Scruples/Morals/Ethics. Actually the board game Scruples would have just such a question:

You have a job. You find a wallet left at your job. Do you:

A. Return the walled intact

B. Take valuables from the wallet and return it saying you 'found it this way'

C. Remove valuables and discard wallet

D. Hold wallet for 'ransom'

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 2, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

for most us, we think why bother. The risk for petty crime ain't worth it for what we might lose long term. for a person like this, they are thinking what's the big deal. Deal with the courts a few days and they know they won't go to jail. so it is worth the risk for a carton of cigarettes, and a 5th of good stuff or half of some cheap stuff. I'm quite sure she was headed to Foot Locker and the Safeway too.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Tamika wrote the article. LOL

Posted by: linroy62 | December 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Man, the dumbing down of America gets more evident every day.

She WORKED there, she knew there were cameras watching her, yet she picked it up and fradulaently used it anyway.

Well atleast her getting fired opens up that job for someone who is hopefully not such an idiot.

Posted by: Nosh1 | December 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

And she didn't share it with Marion Barry to pay for the rest of the turkeys

Posted by: pdv1 | December 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What did she do when she had to sign for the purchase? Did she write in Adrian Fenty?

Also, gotta love that this says:

"By Washington Post editors

The Washington Examiner reports that a drugstore employment "

All the Post's editors couldn't get a simple sentence corrected. They should be "newspaper unemployments".

Posted by: blankspace | December 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Who wants to wager that Tamika voted for Gray?

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | December 2, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry- how is this news?

Posted by: larrydrakeford | December 2, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry- how is this news?

Posted by: larrydrakeford | December 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

OldSalt8,
I wonder what kind of booze she bought...Wild Irish Rose, Night Train 20/20, Boone's Farm or just some Olde English 40s?
For anyone tempted to try to come to her defense consider what she bought.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Crime of opportunity. Don't leave your keys in the ignition. Don't leave your wallet on the counter at the drug store. Don't leave your front door unlocked.

Some young person may not be able to resist the temptation, and then he (or she) will encounter the criminal justice system.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

______________________________________________

Yes, it is DEFINITELY his fault for leaving his wallet unattended for a few moments. It couldn't possibly be the fault of the thief.

People who cannot resist the temptation 100% deserve to encounter the criminal justice system.

Posted by: georgetownred | December 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Crime of opportunity. Don't leave your keys in the ignition. Don't leave your wallet on the counter at the drug store. Don't leave your front door unlocked.

Some young person may not be able to resist the temptation, and then he (or she) will encounter the criminal justice system.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

______________________________________________

Yes, it is DEFINITELY his fault for leaving his wallet unattended for a few moments. It couldn't possibly be the fault of the thief.

People who cannot resist the temptation 100% deserve to encounter the criminal justice system.

Posted by: georgetownred | December 2, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Great lesson in Scruples/Morals/Ethics. Actually the board game Scruples would have just such a question:

You have a job. You find a wallet left at your job. Do you:

A. Return the walled intact

B. Take valuables from the wallet and return it saying you 'found it this way'

C. Remove valuables and discard wallet

D. Hold wallet for 'ransom'

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 2, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If YOU were a hash-smoking college dropout who landed a job at The Post due to nepotism and/or favoritism, you could be excused for mistakes like these.

Posted by: kinkysr | December 2, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

$38.52...that's a lot of Kools & Olde English.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

OldSalt8, your comment gave me the best laugh I've had all day!

Posted by: alexa_de_paris | December 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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