It's the middle of the holiday shopping season which means people are stocking up on gift cards to put in their loved one's stockings, but a Franklin woman is saying beware because thieves are counting on your cash.
Harlie Olden said she and her husband bought two gift cards at their local Walmart, one for $255 and the other for $220, to put towards presents.
"They were going to be for my mom's Christmas and my son's Christmas and my step-son," Olden said.
Hours later, Olden said she tried to use the cards, but couldn't.
"They were both empty," Olden said.
Olden's receipts show that one gift card was used at a store in New Jersey, and the other one was used at a location in Colorado.
However, Olden said that she hasn't left Ohio, and the gift cards haven't left her.
"I was very mad," Olden said. "That's $475 that I just got stolen from me pretty much."
Olden said they reported it to Walmart managers who told them they would investigate.
"They went and watched the cameras, seen that me and my husband went and bought it and watched to make sure we didn't use them," Olden said.
Right now, it's hard to say what happened. Olden suspects perhaps someone wrote down the gift card numbers, then put them back on display and monitored the balances online.