THOMASVILLE — A Tallahassee woman, who was in possession of her credit card, discovered a charge on the card at a Thomasville restaurant where she had never dined.
The restaurant owner traced the May 4 transaction and provided police with a physical description of the male presenting the card and the vehicle the individual was driving.
"Funds were coming out of her bank account, even though the card was in her possession," said Lt. Toby Knifer, Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division commander.
The man returned to the same restaurant the next day driving the same vehicle. The restaurant owner notified police.
Police stopped the silver Nissan Altima on U.S. 19 South and arrested the driver, Antwon Stone, 22, 306 Grady St.
Knifer said officers saw Stone throwing items from the Nissan. The items were credit card receipts and credit card applications, the commander said.
Detectives executed a search warrant at Stone's residence and recovered numerous credit cards with magnetic strips that contained information about the correct owners.
"He had blank credit cards, and some had his name on them," Knifer said. "We're still in the process of tracking down victims. They may or may not know they are victims."
Also discovered at the suspect's residence was computer equipment used to load victims' information on the cards.
Stone was denied bond. The investigation is continuing.
The suspect is charged with two counts of financial credit card fraud, two counts of criminal possession of financial credit card forgery devices, nine counts of forgery of financial credit cards and 11 counts of financial credit card theft.
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