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Tim Hortons worker faces prison for stealing customer credit card information

A woman who worked at a Tim Hortons in Amherst has admitted she took pictures of customers' credit cards with her phone and later, with her boyfriend, used the stolen information to buy about $3,600 worth of household items, concert tickets and take-out food, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Ayla L. Torres and Darren R. Sanders, both 28, who live together in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood, pleaded guilty Friday to identity theft and scheme to defraud, both felonies. They face up to four years in prison when they are sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns this spring.

Prosecutors say Torres was working at a coffee shop at 1810 Maple Road – a Tim Hortons connected to a Speedway gas station – when, between July and October 2019, she took photos of an undisclosed number of credit cards handed to her at the drive-thru.

Torres then sent the photos to Sanders and, together, they made numerous fraudulent purchases – including a crib, bedding and tickets to a Cardi B concert – that added up to $3,366, according to authorities.

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