Police say shopping spree resulted from stolen purse

LACONIA — Following an alleged spending and borrowing spree with with a stolen driver's license, credit card and several gift cards, a local woman was arrested last week on charges of identity fraud, credit card fraud, theft and receiving stolen property.
Jacqueline Rossomangno, 30, of 613 Main Street, unit 7 was held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $2,000 personal recognizance and $1,000 cash bail following her arraignment in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday. Idenity fraud is a class A felony while the remaining charges are class B misdemeanors.
According to police, in January, Officer Joseph Marquis investigated a report that a purse was stolen from a car in the staff parking lot at Woodland Heights Elementary School. The victim told Marquis that among things a New Hampshire driver's license, Visa card and gift cards from Tanger Outlets, Bootleggers and Walmart were in the purse.
Four days later Marquis learned that a woman used the visa card to purchase a carton of cigarettes and bag of groceries, together costing $140.84 at the CVS drugstore at Busy Corner. From a still photo taken from the surveillance video Officer Tony Horan identified Rossomangno as the woman at CVS. Soon afterwards Officer Ben Black informed Marquis that Rossomangno had used the driver's license to acquire a computer at Rent-A-Center and pawned the gift cards at Fast Cash in Tilton.
Meanwhile, in February Rent-A-Center reported that a woman claiming to be the person from whom the purse was stolen entered a rent-to-own agreement to purchase a computer costing $896. An employee showed Officer Kyle Jepsen a copy of the driver's license the woman presented to close the transaction. After the woman left the store, the employee discovered that the telephone numbers she listed on the agreement were all out of service and became suspicious.
Jepsen reviewed the agreement, which listed an address of 153 Union Avenue, Unit 1. There he met with a man to whom the name of the victim of the original theft meant nothing, but who recognized the woman pictured by the surveillance camera at Rent-A-Center as the girlfriend of Randy Johnson. From the department's Master Name Index, Jepsen found that Rossomangno was named as Johnson's girlfriend in earlier cases. At the same time, he learned that Rossomangno was a suspect in the investigation pursued by Marquis.
For posing as the victim at Rent-A-Center, Rossomangno was charged with identity fraud and for failing to return the computer with theft, for using the credit card with fraud and for possessing the contents of the purse with receiving stolen property.