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Diner profits from waitress error, steals away with credit card, report says

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(CBS) NEWARK, Calif. - A customer at a restaurant in Northern California was presented with a crime of opportunity - and she took a big bite, according to police.

CBS SF Bay Area reported that Jheline Demesa, 22, of San Leandro, ate at a Newark seafood restaurant on her birthday Sunday, then was handed the wrong credit card by the waitress at the end of her meal, and took off for a local mall with the credit card in hand.

The waitress at Ray's Crab Shack mistakenly gave her a credit card from an adjacent table, police said.

According to CBS SF Bay Area, the real cardholder tried to cancel the credit card a short time later but learned that transactions had been made on it at the New Park Mall across the street, Newark police Cmdr. Mike Carroll said.

The restaurant owner managed to find an image of Demesa captured by a surveillance camera inside the eatery and gave it to the victim, who went to the mall to look for her, Carroll said.

The victim and mall security located Demesa, then notified police, Carroll said.

Officers arrested Demesa shortly after 8 p.m. on suspicion of commercial burglary and credit card fraud, Carroll said.

Demesa was booked into the Santa Rita Jail, police said.

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