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Charlotte woman arrested for identity fraud, theft involving Sunset Beach resident

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A Charlotte woman was arrested last week in connection with identity fraud involving a Sunset Beach resident.

Yolanda Faye Young, 39, was in the Mecklenburg County jail after being charged Feb. 18 with theft of more than $8,000 in gift cards and merchandise from a Belk store in South Park Mall in Charlotte.

Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said Young had gotten a Belk credit card in her own name using identification of the Sunset Beach resident. Young extended the line of credit on the fraudulent account and charged five $1,000 gift cards and the rest in merchandise on it over a two-day period, he said.

After a joint investigation by Belk security personnel and police in Charlotte, Young was arrested and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses and identity theft and fraud. Smith said Belk wrote off the fraudulent charges.

Sunset Beach police also:

•Arrested Courtney Conroy Brissett, 36, of Hillcrest Drive, Supply, and charged him with resisting and delaying a police officer and possession of marijuana. Brissett was arrested during a traffic stop after he tried to swallow marijuana, Smith said. Brissett was in the Brunswick County Detention Center on $500 bond.

•Arrested Leesa Woodson Brown, 47, of Crestwood Lane, Loris, S.C., on Feb. 20 for shoplifting three rib-eye steaks and a pack of shrimp from Food Lion.