On Monday, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department served an arrest warrant on Cassandra S. McDaniel, 36, Brazil, for allegedly stealing and using a credit card and a debit card taken from the home of an unidentified victim approximately three months ago.
"This was a pretty simple case, but very complicated to investigate," Brazil City Police Chief Dave Archer said. "New technology is great for convenience, but sometime it makes police work more difficult."
Since most financial institutions have or are in the process of doing away with paperwork in lieu of electronic banking, Archer said investigators have to "jump through bigger hoops" to investigate these types of cases.
"Without a paper trail, investigations that were once simple are now time consuming," Archer said. "First, you have to get the cooperation of all the stores and banks involved, then go through the verification process of video tape evidence and then start the investigation."
Although Archer took the initial report and Det. Clint McQueen investigated the case, Deputy Josh Krause served McDaniel with the warrant Monday.
Archer said this case shows how the two departments work well with each other.
McDaniel was transported to the Clay County Justice Center and booked on preliminary charges of forgery and theft with a $1,000 cash bond. However, jail officials confirmed she would probably remain incarcerated while awaiting formal arraignment because of the court-ordered arrest warrant.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case.