Accused Polk identity thief claims she had victim’s permission to use her information

Polk County

Polk County sheriff’s deputies say 21-year old Breanna Piatt is not the type of neighbor you want to have.  

They recently arrested her, accusing her of stealing personal information from a woman who lives next door to her, and using that information to open credit cards in her name.

The victim’s mail carrier was the one who noticed something wasn’t right and informed the victim what was going on.  

“This postal carrier who alerted her, ‘hey, you know, I’m taking your mail, it’s addressed to you but it’s going to this address,'” said Brian Bruche, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.  

“And so that’s what prompted her to check her records and that’s how she found it.”

This address was 209 Piney Avenue in Lake Wales. A home right across the street from Piatt’s and just down the block from the victim’s house.

When investigators questioned Piatt, she claimed she had the victim’s permission to use the information.  

They wondered, if that was the case, why was she having the statements sent to a vacant home?

They also wondered what she was buying with the cards using the victim’s information. They discovered purchases at Walmart, McDonalds and Amazon.

Piatt went on to tell detectives that the victim was helping her out because she was short on money. But Bruchey says one purchase had his colleagues scratching their heads.  

“She used it to get Netflix service so she could catch up on her favorite show,” said Bruchey. “‘The Walking Dead.'”

Piatt refused our request for an on camera interview after consulting with her attorney. She says this is all just a big misunderstanding. The victim was not available for comment.

Bruchey says detectives don’t believe Piatt’s story.  Now they’re looking to see if anyone else has fallen victim in this case.  

“These are things that our detectives, when they do these kinds of investigations, they try to check around. Stories like this and our Facebook posts,” said Bruchey.

“Maybe someone will go, ‘you know what? I knew this girl and there were some suspicious things going on there.'”

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