Bristol woman's stolen card used for purchases at Kmart

BIG RAPIDS — A Kmart employee and her boyfriend are behind bars after stealing a Bristol woman’s credit card and using it to make purchases at Kmart.

Randy Edmond Withers and Amber Marie Kopp, both of Big Rapids, were arraigned Tuesday in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court on four charges each of illegal use of a financial transaction device. Each charge carries a maximum four-year sentence and $5,000 fine.

Rozanna Gunderman, 60, of Bristol, near Luther in Lake County, said she made stops at multiple Big Rapids stores while shopping on Friday. Her last stop was at Kmart in Big Rapids, where she left her wallet. The cashier who rang up Gunderman’s items took the wallet to the customer service desk to have it placed in the store’s safe.

Kopp, who was working at the customer service desk, reportedly took the wallet instead of locking it up.

Police said Withers made four purchases, totaling more than $300, with the card at Kmart on Sunday morning. Withers’ purchases were rung up by Kopp. Gunderman noticed those charges showing up on her bank account Sunday afternoon and called police.

Kopp and Withers both were arrested around 3 p.m. on Monday at Kmart while attempting to make another purchase using Gunderman’s card.

Kmart store manager Brian Parks was not available for comment.

“If I wouldn’t have checked my bank account, I don’t know how much they would have gotten,” Gunderman said. “I feel sad for her about what she did.”

Kopp and Withers both remain in Mecosta County Jail on $50,000 bonds.