Cops Say Man Illegally Bought More Than $500 in Cigs at Speedway
Tinley Park police tracked down a man Tuesday who they said was using another person's credit card to purchase items in the area. A clerk at Speedway was able to identify the suspect—and his getaway car.
With help Tuesday from Orland Park police and a cashier at a local gas station, police were able to track down a man who's now accused of using stolen credit cards in the area.
A clerk at Speedway, 7201 183rd St., called Tinley Park police around 7:40 p.m. that night after a man fraudulently used a credit card to buy five cartons of cigarettes for the second time that day, according to the report. The woman told police the offender got into a silver Ford Escort.
Officers pulled over the driver of the vehicle shortly after he turned onto 183rd Street in Tinley Park, they said. It was Ellihue R. Graves, 34, of the 5600 block of Highway 31 in Clarksville, Ind. He was charged with driving while his license was suspended and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. But it was his passenger, Anthony O. Davis, police were looking for.
"I spoke with Davis and relayed that I was dispatched to Speedway in reference to a complaint of fraudulent use of a credit card," an officer wrote in the report. "Davis volunteered to be searched. I located four separate Citi and Mastercard credit cards on (him)."
None of the cards had Davis' name on them, the report said. Davis reportedly told the cops he didn't know who the cardholder was. They said they found 10 cartons of cigarettes in the trunk. The cashier at the gas station said she was warned by Orland Park police about the credit card fraud because the victim was a resident of Orland, according to the report.
She positively identified Davis as the one who had purchased a total of 10 cartons of cigarettes that day. The total cost of the cartons —and a Bic lighter—was $528.67, according to the report.
Video surveillance footage show Davis making the purchases, police said.
He was charged with aggravated identity theft, identity theft and possession of a counterfeit debit or credit card.
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