Cops capture NY credit card fraud suspects after foot chase
Updated 12:16 pm, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Two New York men suspected of trying to use fraudulent credits were arrested after a foot chase downtown Saturday night.
At 6:15 p.m., Darien police received a report that two men were trying to make several purchases at the CVS pharmacy, 984 Post Road, using fraudulent credit cards.
The men left the store after managers declined one of the transactions, police said, and started walking in the direction of Old Kings Highway South. An officer on duty saw the men walking on Tokeneke Road and approached them, but they ran toward the Darien train station and boarded a parked bus in an attempt to hide from police, according to police.
However, as officers closed in, Delapara and Thomas fled again, police said. One of the men was caught on the depot's westbound passenger platform and the other was caught near Tilley Pond Park, police said.
After the men were taken into custody, police said they found several fraudulent credit cards and $800 in fraudulently purchased department store gift cards that the two had discarded during the chase.
Delapara was charged with 15 counts of possession of a forged credit card, six counts of unlawful use of a credit card, five counts of receipt of goods obtained by illegal use of a credit card, five counts of sixth-degree larceny, one count of interfering with an officer and one count of conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Thomas was charged with five counts of possession of a forged credit card, two counts of unlawful use of a credit card, two counts of attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny, one count of interfering with an officer and one count of conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Both men posted $20,000 bonds and are scheduled to appear Sept. 16 in Stamford Superior Court.