Two suspects are in custody after a declined credit card revealed a minor crime spree in Modesto on August 21st. The suspects, 41-year-old Shawn Sample of Escalon and 29-year-old Kristie Sibley of Oakdale have each been booked at the Stanislaus County jail on multiple charges.
The incident began when Sample and Sibley attempted to pay for a meal at the Uno’s Chicago Grill on 1533 Oakdale Road with a declined credit card and left before actually paying.
Coincidentally, Modesto Police Department officers were also at the restaurant at the time of the daytime robbery and were informed by a waitress of Sample and Sibley’s departure.
Officers were able to stop and arrest Sample and Sibley before they could leave the area and started to investigate the incident. When investigators looked into the non-payment of the food, they found that Sibley attempted to pay for the meal with a credit card that was not her own.
Upon searching Sample’s vehicle, authorities found a loaded, stolen handgun, drug paraphernalia, and stolen goods from a department store. Officers also found that Sibley was wanted out of Oakdale for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and theft.
Ultimately, Sample was charged with burglary, conspiracy and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Sibley faces charges of burglary, conspiracy and the outstanding warrants from Oakdale Police. The Modesto Police Department believes that Sample and Sibley may have collaborated in committing other crimes and are working with the Oakdale Police Department following this incident.
While some in the media have labeled this case a “dine-n-dash” scenario, Modesto Police Department spokesperson Detective Steven Stanfield felt that a different term was more appropropriate.
“This was more of a forgery case than a ‘dine-n-dash,’” said Detective Stanfield.
At this time police ask anyone with information to contact Modesto Area Crimestoppers at 521-4636 or text a tip to “274637” include the word TIP704 in your tip.
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