Man charged after allegedly using stolen debit and credit cards

A 28-year-old Wallaceburg man is facing charges after allegedly using stolen debit and credit cards.

Police say the man walked onto a residential property on John Street in Wallaceburg around 7 a.m. Monday. He allegedly entered a vehicle parked within the drive-way at that location and stole a wallet from the vehicle. Inside the wallet was the owner’s identification and credit cards.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. the man attended Mac’s Milk located at 55 McNaughton Avenue (Wallaceburg). He purchased two packages of Canadian Classic cigarettes, valued at $26.89, using a debit card from the wallet he had just stolen. Just before 8 a.m. he used the same card to purchase two disposable vape cigarettes valued at $11.28.

At around 9:30 a.m. the man went down the street to the Canadian Tire located at 74 McNaughton Avenue. He attempted to use the same debit card to purchase one Nestea beverage and a self-lighting torch kit, total value of $32.50. However, this time the “tap” feature on the debit card did not work. So, the man pulled out a Canadian Tire MasterCard from the stolen wallet to pay for the items. It was at this time that the employee observed the signature on the back of the MasterCard. The person’s name (signature) on the back of the card is known to the employee and the man using the card was not. The employee called the police and the man left the store.

Police located the man within the area of the Canadian Tire store and he was arrested at 9:33 a.m.

David Murphy was charged with theft under $5000 and possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000 and use of stolen credit card x 2.

He was transported to Chatham-Kent Police Service Headquarters and later released with a court date of Friday, May 5th.

Man charged with shoplifting

A 27-year-old Tilbury man is facing charges after allegedly shoplifting from The Real Canadian Superstore in Chatham.

Police say the incident occurred in February at approximately 11:30 a.m. He selected two sets of headphones with total value estimated at $120 and began removing the plastic packaging around those items. The man placed one set in his work boot and the other was concealed in the back pocket of his pants.

At around 11:55 a.m. he attended the check-out and paid for other merchandise, but made no attempt to pay for the two hidden headphone sets. When the man exited the store, he was approached by store security who advised him that he was under arrest. The man ran away from store security and departed the area in a vehicle.

The man was identified, arrested and charged with theft under $5000 and possession of property obtained by a crime under $5000. He was released with a court date of Wednesday, March 8th. However, he did not show up for his court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Early yesterday morning around 12:30 a.m. Craig Goodreau was located and arrested on the outstanding warrant.

He was released with a court date of Friday, May 5th.

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