Monday, April 8, 2013
Recent Lower Macungie reported crimes include thieves opening credit cards to make fraudulent purchases and another filing a phony tax return.
Access device fraud. Identity theft. Fraud. Call it what you will. Unfortunately, the illegal practice is alive and well, as evidenced by several recent incidents in Lower Macungie Township alone, according to state police at Fogelsville. - Kristopher Michael Azzaro of the 8000 block of Mountain Road reported that several purchases were made March 4 and 5 using his credit card, police said. The thief also used Azzaro's personal information to open a line of credit through PayPal, making several additional fraudulent purchases. No value was given for the purchases. - Brian King of the 7000 block of Lincoln Drive told police that someone opened two credit card accounts in his name. That thief made several purchases with those cards for a …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Report from Lower Macungie address claims fraudulent purchases were made at Target stores in New Jersey, troopers report.
Of late, the reports of identity theft or access device fraud have been numerous but generally have been limited to several hundred dollars or a few thousand, thanks largely to the monitoring safeguards used by credit card companies. This time, however, the victim and credit card company were not so forturnate. Thieves struck for $9,700 in merchandise before the fraud was realized in an incident involving a Lower Macungie Township address, according to state police at Fogelsville. Feb. 21 was a busy day for the credit card of Phillip F. Toll, of Kutztown, according to police. Target department stores in Edgewater and North Bergen, N.J., may have thought they were having busy days to the tune of an extra $9,700. However, it was someone …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Lower Macungie PayPal user has two fishing poles he didn't buy charged to his account, troopers report.
An cyber thief went trolling recently and reeled in two fishing rods at a Lower Macungie Township man's expense, according to police. Brian David Miller of 1544 Oak Drive was a victim of access device theft, according to state police at Fogelsville. Miller reported that his PayPal account had been compromised on Jan. 31. The thief bought two fishing rods valued at $837.94, police said -- unfortunately, a nice catch at Miller's expense.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Also, truck bed cover taken from vehicle parked at Texas Roadhouse, police say.
Access device fraud: Reported by Katlyn Elise Molinaro of 5720 Springhaven Lane on Jan. 24; someone used her debit card at Walmart.com to buy $97.40 in merchandise, police said. Charged: Diane Marie Kressley of New Tripoli; at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 12 with retail theft and receiving stolen property after trying to leave Walmart, 1091 Mill Creek Road, without paying for $180.92 in merchandise, police said. Theft from motor vehicle: Reported by Jason Schutz of Macungie; truck bed cover stolen from vehicle between 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Feb. 13 at Texas Roadhouse, 6268 Hamilton Blvd., police said; no value given. Charged: Nitzo Coraly Norales Velazquez, 19, of Allentown; at 3:48 p.m. Feb. 9 with retail theft after trying to return from money an it that…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Police say someone stole Lower Macungie man's personal information and charged $2,300 at the local home center store.
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- Tad Miller
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A Lower Macungie Township man recently made an online purchase from Home Depot. One would think he was quite satisfied with what he bought, or at least enough so that he was willing to pay the $2,307.31 bill that he had rung up. And he might have been. The problem was that Christopher Brophy was not the buyer, according to state police at Fogelsville. Oh, it was his card that made the purchase on Oct. 26, all right. Or at least his personal information. But police say this was a case of access device fraud or identity theft. So, frankly, whether the purchase was a pretty good-sized pile of two-by-fours, many gallons of paint or wallpaper, or a heck of a lot of nails, Brophy isn't enjoying the use of any of it, according to police. Instead…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
After one successful withdrawal, man is denied on second attempt, police say.
An Emmaus-area man suddenly acquired a spending habit he didn't even know he had. Fortunately, electronic bank records put a stop to it. As it turned out, someone stole the identity of the 53-year-old, according to state police at Fogelsville. Were it not for banking procedures, the man or his bank could have been out $6,500. Trouble began with a successful $3,000 withdrawal on Aug. 1 from an unspecified Wells Fargo Bank branch, police said. A false Pennsylvania driver's license was used by a man described as being 35-50, black, about 6 feet tall with short hair and wearing glasses. The next day, the same man attempted to withdraw $3,500 from the same bank account but at a Wells Fargo Bank in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, police said. …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The following arrest information was supplied by the state police at Fogelsville. It does not indicate a conviction.
The following incidents involving Lower Macungie Township recently were released by state police at Fogelsville: Charged: Richard DeJesus, 42, of Bethlehem on June 21 with retail theft at Giant, 7150 Hamilton Blvd.; on two occasions told store clerks he was returning one item in exchange for another without paying for any of them and keeping the change, police said; no value given. Access device fraud: Reported by Patrick Edward O'Leary of 5631 Wood Lane; between July 9 and 13 someone used O'Leary's bank checking account to make five Apple iTunes purchases, police said; no value given. Burglary: Reported by a resident at 1235 Brookside Road; entry forced to tool shed between July 16 and 19 but nothing taken, police said. Access device …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police report recent Lower Macungie Township incidents.
The following incidents recently were reported by state police at Fogelsville: Theft from motor vehicle: three incidents reported overnight April 5 at 2037 Rolling Meadow Drive, 6122 Timberknoll Drive and 2184 Greenmeadow Drive; items taken included a laptop computer, nursing books, shoes, clothing and change, police said; no value given. Theft from motor vehicle: Reported overnight April 5 by James Fosbenner of 1390 S. Krocks Road; $50 taken from unlocked vehicle parked at his home, police said. Access device fraud: Reported March 21 by Denise Conklin Murphy of 1132 Treeline Drive; unauthorized use of victim's credit card with $29.95 purchase and attempt to open a PayPal account, police said. Criminal mischief: Reported April 8 by an 86-…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Lower Mac residents are victims of identity fraud, police say.
It's as true in 2012 as it was in 1967: "The future is plastics." Benjamin Braddock, Dustin Hoffman's character in "The Graduate," was advised the future in business success was plastics. Forty-five years later, with a slight twist, the future -- and present -- in access device fraud is the plastics of debit and credit cards. To continue a trend of recent weeks, state police at Fogelsville reported two more recent identity fraud cases. An unidentified 49-year-old Aster Road resident was the first of the two to be victimized. Her debit card was compromised between Feb. 2 and March 8 for a total of $1,713.97. Elizabeth Delarosa of 3752 Notch St. also had numbers from her debit card stolen, police said. They did not release the amount but…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Some thefts are preventable.
Pennsylvania Stat Police recently reported the following Lower Macungie incidents: Theft from motor vehicle: Reported by Samantha Ludwig at 6479 Village Lane; $250 stolen between 6 and 8:30 p.m. March 9 from her unlocked vehicle, police said. Access device fraud: Reported by an unidentified Highland Court resident; $1,094.14 purchase from the victim's American Express card on Feb. 22, police said. Theft: Reported by Rosalie Keddington of 4880 Meadowview Drive; her purse and jacket were taken from an unknown location between midnight and 7 a.m. March 1, police said. Theft from motor vehicle: Reported by a 49-year-old man in the 1700 block of Pinewind Drive; handicap placard stolen from inside his vehicle in his driveway, police said. …