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Criminal Charges: Volume IX

Jeremy Simon

Tales of credit card crime often lack that key ingredient in many exciting dramas: the chase scene. I’ve tried to make up for that sad situation this week with stories that include criminals attempts to evade the long arm of the law. Did these criminals get away from police? You’ll have to read below to find out.

Force follows failed fraud attempt
Two Brooklyn, N.Y., men turned to force Saturday after a failed attempt at credit card fraud.

Jamel Wilds and Troy Lemons allegedly tried to purchase two laptop computers and a camera valued at $2,600 from a Circuit City store in Langhorne, Pa., using other people’s plastic, according to police.

However, the store’s staff got in their way, somewhat literally. “As employees checked the credit card and driver’s license information, both men allegedly came around the store’s customer service counter and tried to get the identification cards and credit cards back,” reports the Bucks County Courier Times. “Police said the employees retreated to a locked cash office, where the two men tried to enter the room by pushing the door and punching the numbers of the combination lock.”

Apparently, they never cracked the code, and police say Wilds and Lemons took off after being told that officers were on their way. While police were unable to stop the suspects as they sped off in a red Chevrolet Impala toward a nearby Sports Authority, they eventually got their men. “One man was apprehended by police in the Sports Authority parking lot as numerous police officers and K-9s looked for the other man in the nearby woods, where he was ultimately captured,” the Courier Times reports.

Wilds and Lemons were both arraigned early Sunday morning and sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Unauthorized charges result in shock, police chase
After being initially apprehended for credit card fraud, Todd A. Glover, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., took police on a wild chase.

Glover made fraudulent charges to an unnamed person’s Visa card three times before he was finally caught by the manager of a CVS Pharmacy. Police tried to recover the stolen Visa card from him, but Glover was unwilling to give it up without a fight. “A deputy asked Glover for the credit card,” reports He didn’t comply. Instead, the arrest report shows that Glover shoved the deputy. “The deputy attempted to arrest Glover but he struggled and fled in the direction of a neighborhood,” the Web site says. “The deputy shot Glover in the back with a Taser, but he kept running.”

“A K-9 unit and helicopter helped search for Glover, who was later found by Port St. Lucie Police officers. The officers took Glover to Martin County, where he was jailed,” TCPalm reports.

What’s next?
Now that they are behind bars and no longer on the run, might I suggest the incarcerated Wilds, Lemons and Glover consider the Chase Freedom Card?

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