The sheriff’s office says a trio of thieves used credit cards stolen from a severely injured woman at an accident scene. On September 8th Carole Hardcastle was in a single vehicle crash on Highway 299 near Kern Drive in Bella Vista. The 67-year-old woman suffered a traumatic head injury that left her in intensive care for 4 days. Before she was transported to the hospital one of her family members got a phone call from a woman calling from Hardcastle’s cell phone. The woman said she was a nurse and that she was at the crash scene and would be at the hospital when Hardcastle arrived. She said she urgently needed the pass code for the phone so she could access Hardcastle’s medical records. She eventually said her name was Candace wade and that she had retrieved Hardcastle’s purse at the crash and would bring it to the hospital. Needless to say, she never showed up at the hospital. In the days that followed numerous fraudulent transactions were done with Hardcastle’s debit card. At two of the businesses a deputy got surveillance footage that allegedly showed the card being used by Sherry Perez and William Daniels. Perez was recognized as a convicted thief on post release supervision. She and Daniels have an address on Lake Boulevard, where a probation search was done Wednesday. Deputies and Redding Police reported finding evidence linking the couple to the fraudulent transactions. They were booked into jail on several felony charges. Detectives believe the woman who stole the purse and made the phone call really was Candace Wade, as she had identified herself. She’s now being sought. Her photo is on our Facebook page.