HESPERIA A couple is in jail after they allegedly bought more than $5,000 in furniture for two homes on a stolen credit card, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.


Darquise Emain Smith, 25, of San Bernardino and Porscha Chantel Scott, 20, of Hesperia were arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property Monday night, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station release.


On Monday afternoon, Deputy Lisa Guerra was called out to Furniture Warehouse in the 17800 block of Bear Valley Road in Hesperia to investigate a fraudulent transaction, Roxanne Walker, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station, said.


Guerra learned Smith had gone into the store several days prior and had purchased several items including bedroom and nursery furniture from the business, officials stated. The furniture was delivered to two different addresses including one in the 16500 block of Muscatel Street. It wasn't until Monday when the business owner was contacted by the credit card company that he learned the transaction was unauthorized.


Guerra went to the home on Muscatel Street and found items that matched the furniture purchased a few days earlier, Walker stated.


As Guerra was placing Scott in the back of a patrol unit, Smith pulled up in a black Camaro. Smith immediately fled the scene but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit near the 8600 block of C Avenue, a release said.


Guerra learned Smith was on parole and the Camaro he was driving was stolen. He was arrested and held on a no-bail warrant.


The remaining stolen furniture was found in an apartment in the 9000 block of G Avenue.


The couple's child was placed with Family and Children's Services.


It wasn't clear who the credit card belonged to.


Smith is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday and Scott will be arraigned on Dec. 29.


Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at (760) 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.