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Instagram post leads to wanted woman's arrest for fraudulently using debit card

23-year-old Autumn Partington was wanted on warrants in Hot Springs for theft by receiving and multiple counts of fraudulent use of a debit card in a case that started back in August 2017. (Photo courtesy: Hot Springs Police Dept.)

An Instagram post made by a woman accused of stealing a customer's card information while waitressing in Hot Springs led to her arrest Thursday in a town more than an hour away.

23-year-old Autumn Partington was wanted on warrants in Hot Springs for theft by receiving and multiple counts of fraudulent use of a debit card in a case that started back in August 2017.

According to the police report, a man noticed on August 28, 2017, that unauthorized purchases, totaling $209.67, were made on his debit card online to Webster Wigs and Wicked Clothing. The man called Webster Wigs, who told him they were made in the name of Autumn Partington.

The day before, the victim and his fiancee had a meal at a Hot Springs restaurant and noted their waitress, later confirmed to be Partington, had taken an unusual amount of time to return his debit card when paying for the food.

Detectives then received a copy of the Webster Wigs order, which showed it was shipped to a home on Alcorn St. in Partington's name.

Detectives contacted Partington by phone, but though she confirmed she was the waitress, she denied the allegations. She also said the Alcorn St. address was where she previously lived and she had recently moved.

Police say Partington later forwarded detectives emails that she received in reference to the Webster Wigs order, and detectives noted the email address she forwarded from was the same associated with the fraudulent orders.

Warrants were issued for her arrest, and the police department posted her photo on its Facebook page in early January as part of its "HSPD Warrant Wednesday."

Authorities then learned that after fleeing Hot Springs, Partington had gone to the Cabot area.

Authorities say what led to her eventual arrest was a photo posted on Partington's Instagram account that showed her wearing an apron with the name of a Cabot business on it and the caption, "i luv my job."

Cabot police arrested Partington on the warrants. She was later transported back to Garland County and booked into the jail on a $6,500 bond.

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