Identity theft suspect identified as NT woman

Lisa Tessier-Duchesne

Tips from the public helped Lockport police find the suspect in a local case of identity theft.

Lisa Tessier-Duchesne, 48, 337 Miller St., North Tonawanda, was arrested about noon this past Friday by Lockport police with assistance from North Tonawanda Police Department.

Detective Capt. Brian Wentland said late Monday that she was found thanks to several people who called LPD after seeing her photograph on TV or a local news website after 12 a.m. Friday.

Tessier-Duchesne is charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree identity theft and petit larceny in connection with a woman's loss of her debit card and consequent theft of money from her bank account.

Late last Thursday, LPD released a still image lifted from surveillance footage that showed an unidentified woman using the missing debit card at a KeyBank ATM in North Tonawanda — and asked area media for help distributing it in the hope of generating leads on the suspect's identity.

"Our office received several phone calls that morning identifying the female suspect," Wentland said. "Without the public's assistance, this case could have remained open for some time."

Tessier-Duchesne is due in Lockport City Court on March 30.

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