Darien police: NY man had stolen credit card info
DARIEN — Police arrested a man from St. Albans, N.Y. after a 2015 incident where he was found to be in possession of several illegally altered gift cards.
On June 2, 2015 around 4:20 a.m., an officer approached a suspicious car at the Exxon station on the Post Road. In the car were two 25-year-old men and a 22-year-old women. One of the passengers told the officer they were looking for a bathroom, but another said they were getting gas, despite the fact their tank was nearly full. The officer smelled marijuana smoke coming from the vehicle.
Based on this, plus the conflicting stories, the officer searched the car. The officer found a small bag of marijuana, as well as 53 unopened packs of Newport cigarettes. Shamar Adams, one of the 25-year-old men, told the officer they were buying the cartons in Connecticut to illegally resell them in New York where the prices are higher. The officer found four receipts for the tobacco-related purchases. The officer also found 16 Vanilla Visa gift cards.
The officer knew these types of gift cards are frequently shoplifted and then re-embossed with stolen credit card information. The gift cards Adams had on him appeared to have been re-embossed with new numbers. After a field interrogation, the officer seized the gift cards and let the party go.
Following further investigation from the detective bureau, police confirmed 12 out of the 16 gift cards were altered. The magnetic strip did not match the information on the card and the cards were linked back to actual bank accounts at several different institutions. Some of the account numbers had already been flagged or reported as compromised by the owners.
Police applied for a warrant for Adam’s arrest on nine count of unlawful reproduction of a credit card. The warrant was issued in July 2015. On Feb. 2, 2017 around 8 a.m., Adams turned himself in on the warrant. He was held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Adams, now 27, was arraigned on Feb. 2 and was given an upcoming court date of Feb. 16.
Police said they still have an outstanding warrant for the other man in the car with Adams.