Woman accused of stealing credit cards from patients during eye exams

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Natalie Olson By Jennifer Thomas Natalie Olson By Jennifer Thomas

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- A 33-year-old woman who worked in medical offices in Yavapai County is accused of stealing credit cards and identification from patients' purses.

Natalie Olson, of Cottonwood, was arrested on July 11. She faces charges including fraud schemes, trafficking stolen property, identity theft, forgery, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of a credit card, burglary, possession of stolen property, and money laundering. Her bond is set at $28,000.

During the last several weeks, detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Sedona Police Department and Cottonwood Police Department reviewed several cases of credit card theft and fraud throughout the Sedona, Cottonwood and Camp Verde areas.

Detectives discovered that Olson worked in at least two eye doctors' offices in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona and linked her presence at these locations to several victims.

Detectives determined Olson would go through women's purses when they left their personal property unattended in the office during eye exams. She would steal credit cards and identification and the victims did not realize the theft until at least a day later, according to the sheriff's office.

Olson used the cards to make purchases at stores in the area.

Olson was caught at a Walmart store placing items she had not scanned into a bag at a self-checkout. When clerks checked the credit card Olson was using, they found the card was not in her name and contacted authorities.

She was arrested and security video from various stores confirmed Olson was linked to 12 cases under review.

Additional victims have been discovered since Olson's arrest.