Auburn Police Arrest 2 On Credit Card Fraud
On February 1st, just before 8PM Officer K. Chipman was on patrol in the area of Toys R Us in Auburn when he observed a lone, dark colored sedan with New York plates parked in the far corner of the lot with no lights on, despite the fact that there were numerous other parking spots closer to the building.
Upon seeing Officer Chipman’s cruiser, the vehicle hurriedly left the lot and proceeded southbound on Route 12. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants were identified as 25 year old Shanelle Richards of Baldwin, NY and 23 year old Corey Adams of Carle Place, NY.
Richards and Adams provided conflicting accounts of their activities, could not account for the several credit cards in the console of the vehicle, a label printer and a laptop computer observed in the back seat.
The pair also gave evasive answers to basic questions posed to them by officers on scene.
While other officers conducted their inquiry, Officer T. Kuchnicki conducted additional follow-up investigation at Toys R Us and determined that the female had attempted to make a purchase with a credit card that was suspected to be fraudulent.
Five credit cards in the console all had the name Angela Owens inscribed on them. A Connecticut Driver’s license with Ms. Richards’ picture and the information of Angela Owens was found in the glove compartment.
Both suspects were arrested and are being charged with fraudulent credit card offenses. Investigation is ongoing as to whether or not these suspects are connected to counterfeit note activity reported earlier this week at Toys R Us, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Park N Shop Supermarket.