Hours after the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office alerted the public Thursday about two alleged ID theft suspects believed to have used stolen credit and debit cards to make purchases at two Lincolnton businesses, deputies said they located the individuals through a Crime Stoppers tip.
Marshall Ray Reeves, 25, and his girlfriend met with county detectives after officers obtained his number by talking to various acquaintances of his in the area, the Sheriff’s Office said.
During the interview, he admitted to using the stolen cards to make the transactions, according to an agency press release.
However, Reeves told deputies that someone gave him the credit and debit cards after the person’s vehicle struck his vehicle, the release said.
The woman, whom deputies said had been dating Reeves for just two days when the alleged illegal activity took place, was not charged in the case.
The victim told deputies he first realized he lost the cards on Tuesday and believed he had dropped them in a parking lot on N.C. 150 East.
After the victim failed to find them in the area, he contacted the bank, and officials told him the cards had been used to make purchases at the Wal-Mart in Lincolnton and a city convenience store, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Lincolnton Wal-Mart’s store surveillance even recorded the couple, and the footage was released to news outlets as investigators sought the public’s help in identifying the couple.
Deputies said Reeves also tried to also use the cards to buy items at the Wal-Mart in Denver but was denied.
The suspect, a resident of 1708 Buckler Lane in Iron Station, was placed in the county jail under a $5,000 secured bond and charged with one felony count of financial transaction card fraud, deputies said.
Case investigators included Lt. Tim Johnson, head of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Division, and Detectives Matt Lykins and Jon Propst.
Johnson praised the continued partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and area news media outlets in cracking down on at-large suspects.
“We continue to work as a team in solving crimes all over Lincoln County and surrounding counties,” he stated in the release. “We can’t solve every crime, but we can solve many more when we work together.”