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Waffle House employee charged with card fraud


A former employee of an Atmore restaurant was recently arrested and charged with stealing account information from at least one customer’s debit or credit card.

According to Escambia County Detention Center records, 23-year-old Ladarius Hester, of a Tatom Avenue address in Atmore, was arrested last week by Atmore Police Department investigators and booked into the jail on one count of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Jail records show that Hester, who worked at Waffle House in Atmore for an unspecified period of time and was working there when he was arrested, was released on a $5,000 bond shortly after he was processed into the facility.

The suspect reportedly used his phone or a small camera to photograph the backs and fronts of the card used by at least one Waffle House customer to pay for his meal. Hester or an accomplice then reportedly used the information to make online purchases.

The investigation into the theft or thefts is reportedly ongoing, but Police Chief Chuck Brooks said Monday that no other victims have come forward to file similar complaints.