Deryah Smith

Smith, Deryah Danielle

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Financial Transaction Card Fraud

Financial Transaction Card Fraud

Financial Transaction Card Fraud

Officer’s Narrative:
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[NARRATIVE #1 on September 02, 2022]

On September 2nd, 2021, at approximately 1331 hours, I responded code one to Fort Yargo Campsite [REDACTED], located at 210 South Broad Street. Upon arrival, I made contact with the complainant, [VICTIM #1].

[VICTIM #1] stated he was shopping at Winder Publix when his wallet was stolen (Reference Winder PD case number 2021-30361). [VICTIM #1] stated his debit card was fraudulently used at Walmart located at 440 Atlanta Highway NW. [VICTIM #1] stated there were three separate transactions for $116.63, $426.93, and $314.58. The total amount was $858.14. [VICTIM #1] believed the bagger at Publix stole his wallet and used his cards. Later, [VICTIM #1] discovered the cards were used at 2243. The bagger got off work at 2300 giving him an alibi.

After speaking with [VICTIM #1], I arrived at Walmart and spoke with [REDACTED]. I gave [REDACTED] the amounts of the transactions. [REDACTED] was able to locate the transactions and identify which register the purchase came from, which was electronics. [REDACTED] played back video footage of the suspects. There were two females, one black and the other unknown. In the footage, the female of an unknown race attempted her purchase using multiple cards before finding [VICTIM #1]’s debit card. The female was buying multiple items, including a large TV. The other female was standing with her on her phone.

After speaking with [REDACTED], I spoke with [WITNESS #1], who was the cashier in electronics. [WITNESS #1] stated he assisted with four separate transactions for the female. [VICTIM #1] only alleged three transactions. [REDACTED] stated she would work on getting the fourth transaction as that might inform us of the identity of the suspect. As of this report, [REDACTED] has not called with that information. [WITNESS #1] further stated the black female was on a video chat with what looked like an older black woman who was giving them instructions.

While continuing to watch security footage, I was able to identify a suspect vehicle as a white Chrysler Town and Country van. I was unable to identify the tag number due to the low quality of the footage.

Printouts of the receipts, photos of the suspect, photos of the vehicle, and [WITNESS #1] witness statement was gathered and will be placed into evidence.

[VICTIM #1] was given his case number and advised on how to obtain a copy of this report.

[End of Narrative]

[NARRATIVE #2 on September 06, 2022]

On 9/6/22 at approximately 1030 hours I picked up De’ryah Danielle Smith from the Douglas County Detention Center. De’ryah is not pregnant and has not recently given birth to a child which indicates she is not postpartum at this time. I secured Ms. Smith in double locked handcuffs, belly chains and leg irons. I, then checked each of them for proper fit. Ms. Smith was searched and secured in the back seat of my patrol vehicle, in a seat belt.

I transported Ms. Smith to the Barrow County Detention Center in reference to three Felony Financial Transaction Card Fraud Warrants and turned her over to the staff on duty. The back seat of my patrol vehicle was searched prior to and after Ms. Smith was in it and no contraband was found.

[End of Narrative]