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Belleview woman arrested after using man’s credit card at diner, forging signature

A 41-year-old Belleview woman was arrested after using a man’s credit card at a local diner and forging his signature on the receipt.

On Tuesday, December 21, a Belleview Police Department officer was dining at David’s Plaza Lunch located at 10705 S U.S. Highway 441 in Belleview.

A waitress from the diner approached the officer and stated that a woman, later identified as Cheri Ann Taylor, was trying to pay with a credit card that had a man’s name on it.

Belleview woman arrested after using man's credit card at diner, forging signature
Cheri Ann Taylor

The waitress told the officer that she had recently seen a Facebook post from another local business that described a similar incident involving Taylor and the same credit card.

The officer noticed that Taylor had a large suitcase and other personal items outside of the diner along the sidewalk.

According to the BPD report, the officer approached Taylor, walked outside of the diner with her, and questioned her about the credit card. Taylor stated that the credit card belonged to her boyfriend’s father, and she claimed the card had been given to her to use in emergencies.

When asked to provide her boyfriend’s name, Taylor stated she did not know his name because she had only known him for a couple of weeks.

The waitress located the Facebook post that warned local businesses about Taylor, and she showed it to the officer. The voided receipt from the diner was also handed to the officer, and the officer observed that Taylor had signed the receipt with the man’s name.

Taylor was detained in handcuffs and the officer searched her personal belongings that were on the sidewalk outside of the diner. A burnt glass pipe was located in a black jacket on top of her suitcase and another glass pipe was found inside the suitcase.

Taylor told the officer that the pipes belonged to her, but she only had them for a “mind over matter thing” to help her stay clean. She stated that she last smoked methamphetamine around three months ago.

She stated that the credit card belonged to her boyfriend, but she had left him because he “went into a drunken rage.” She claimed that the card was given to her and she had used it for other purchases, including a motel room that she had rented in Ocklawaha.

Taylor was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $3,000 bond. She is facing a felony charge for forgery and a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A court date has been scheduled on January 25 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.