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Police detain alleged identity thief

Homeless man accused of stealing bank cards

Police charged a man with no fixed address Sunday in connection to a series of thefts from vehicles and subsequent fraudulent uses of stolen bank and credit cards, court documents stated.

Stemming from approximately 20 reports of missing items from vehicles in January and February around the area of 25th Avenue, Stephen M. Campbell, 30, was arraigned Sunday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on 10 theft-related felonies and 36 lesser crimes, according to court documents.

Police received numerous calls around the 25th Avenue area regarding the theft of wallets, money, bank cards and credit cards from vehicles, some of which were unlocked.

Many of the victims said their stolen cards were used to purchase lottery tickets and other items at nearby Sheetz stores, court documents stated.

Fraudulent purchases were often made in amounts ranging from $150 to $400, and frequently, the perpetrator would buy a pack of Marlboro Black cigarettes, scratch-off lottery tickets and Visa gift cards, police reported.

On at least one occasion, a fraudulent purchase was accompanied by the use of a “My Sheetz” card registered to Campbell, who police reported they were familiar with in connection with separate investigations.

Using video provided by Sheetz, police were able to confirm several of the fraudulent purchases were made by Campbell, court documents stated.

Restitution due to the victims at the time the criminal complaint was filed totaled $1,050, police reported.

Campbell was unable to post his $10,000 cash bail and is detained at Blair County Prison, court documents stated.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 10 before DeAntonio.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 946-7458.

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