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04/21/06

Gypsy Cabdriver Turns Self In

Karen Spikes Karen Spikes

The woman police are calling the crooked cabbie has been arrested. Savannah-Chatham police say the woman, who they believe stole ATM cards and PINs from passengers and went on shopping sprees, turned herself in after watching herself on WTOC.

And here she is, 47-year-old Karen Spikes. She has been charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud. Investigators say Spikes, who was not a registered cabdriver, claims customers gave her the okay to use the ATM cards in return for sexual favors.

"Her story is she happened to be standing there when someone solicited her for a ride and also for sex," said Det. Billy Ray with SCMPD. "For payment for sex, she would be allowed to use the debit card and buy a few things."

She ran up $2,500 in charges, but tells police no sexual favors were exchanged.

Spikes was arraigned in court today, bond set at $2,000.

Police say she is responsible for at least three ATM card thefts.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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