Wichita Falls, Texas - Two people that are currently behind bars are suspected to be involved in a door to door scam that police warned residents about earlier this year.
25-year old Andrea Battle and 27-year-old Stephen Mack were arrested Thursday after a several tips led to their location at the America's Best Value Inn in Wichita Falls. Mack was wanted as a robbery suspect.
According to the arrest affidavit, between March and June in 2015, Andrea Battle and Stephen Mack utilized a fraudulent scam in order to steal money from people in Wichita County, Texas.
Battle and Mack operated a door-to-door scam in which they used Battle's 6-year-old child and a product brochure to solicit people to purchase items for a fundraiser.
Scam victims were told the fundraiser was for Brook Village School, a dance club, or a soccer team. Mack and Battle would accept the order out of the brochure, and accept payment in the form of cash, or check up front, without the intent of ever supplying the scam victims with the ordered merchandise.
None of the scam victims ever received the items they ordered and paid for.
Police say the 6-year-old child told authorities that she participated in selling candy, cookies and popcorn with Battle and Mack, and that she would ask people if they wanted to buy stuff for her school, dance, or soccer.
However, the child also told police she was not actually in dance or soccer and that they just "pretended."
Battle has been charged with Exploitation of a Child and Theft.