FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Yesterday, police arrested a suspect in the death of a 78-year-old woman, who they say, went on a shopping spree with her credit card.
23-year-old Zachary Reinders is accused of beating Diane Woods to death with a fireplace poker in the 5700 block of Le Steele Blvd., on Friday August 8th.
According to court documents, police made the arrest after discovering several pieces of evidence. First, police say they found blood on a pair of shoes allegedly belonging to Reinder in his mother's house. The DNA results on the blood reportedly indicate the blood belonged to Diane Woods.
Also, police say they learned that Reinder had used someone else's credit card to go shopping with a friend, Benjamin Rial, to buy several things including a Playstation 4 and Call Of Duty video game.
Video was obtained of someone who police say is Reinder pawning off those items at a local pawn shop. Investigators cross referenced those items with Diane Wood's credit card history, which shows those items being purchased after her death.
Benjamin Rial was arrested after police say they obtained video of him purchasing the Playstation 4 with Wood's credit card. he then told police that Reinder asked him to go shopping and buy a Playstation 4 with a credit card. Rial says he saw the card belonged to Diane Woods and signed her name when he went in to buy the Playstation 4. He continues to say that they went to Finish Line, Lids, and a jewelry kiosk at the mall to use the credit card. The two then returned to the trailer park and when they arrived, police were at the crime scene at Wood's trailer.
Reinders has been preliminarily charged with murder, felony murder, and robbery.
Rial has been charged with criminal conversion.
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