Man uses stolen debit card to buy iPhone, beer and cigarettes – and signs his name as ‘THIEF’ on the receipts
- Joei Thompson of Butler, Pennsylvania, reported to police that she gave a man a ride and later discovered her purse was stolen and debit card used
- The suspect used the card to buy a $200 cell phone, plus $43 worth of beer and cigarettes, and signed the receipts ‘thief’
- He also used a fake identity for the cell phone purchase, leading cops to a man they almost charged with the theft
- Police say they later located the man, a 36-year-old Butler resident, who now faces multiple charges
- Thompson complained on Facebook that her ‘whole life got flipped’ because of the theft of her purse, which also contained two cell phones
A Pennsylvania man faces multiple charges after he was accused of stealing a debit card and using it to buy an iPhone, beer and cigarettes – before signing the receipts ‘Thief,’ police said.
The unnamed 36-year-old suspect who lives in the city of Butler, Pennsylvania, was located Tuesday by local police, Captain James Hollobaugh told DailyMail.com.
Hollobaugh declined to name the man while the charges, which include false reports to law enforcement, theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and theft by deception, remain pending.
Police in the city of Butler, Pennsylvania, say a local man faces multiple charges after he stole debit card and used it to buy an iPhone, beer and cigarettes and signed the receipts ‘Thief’
The unauthorized debit card purchases were reported by Joei Thompson (above), who said she gave the suspect a ride home after leaving the Chestnut Street Inn around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5
Thompson confirmed in a Facebook post (above) that her purse containing the debit card was stolen, along with two Samsung cell phones. ‘My whole life got flipped by this,’ she wrote
The captain confirmed to DailyMail.com that cops at one point were poised to charge a different man, but backed off when investigators discovered that his name had been falsely used by the real suspect to purchase the iPhone.
The unauthorized debit card purchases were reported by Joei Thompson, who said she gave the suspect a ride home after leaving the Chestnut Street Inn around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5, police said.
Dailymail.com has reached out to Thompson, who according to her Facebook page lives in Butler and is the manager of a hair salon.
Thompson told cops she discovered her purse missing from the center console of her car where it had been when she gave the suspect a ride.
She said on Facebook that the theft was ‘done in my driveway,’ and that in addition to her debit card, two Samsung cell phones that she had kept inside the purse were also taken.
‘My whole life got flipped from this,’ she complained in a Facebook post, asking her friends to report if they saw someone attempting to sell the phones, or if they ‘hear any idiots bragging’ about having them.
Cops investigating the theft discovered that Thompson’s debit card, stolen from the purse, was used at a local Metro PCS to buy a $200 iPhone, and later at a convenience store to buy $43 worth of beer and cigarettes
Police say the suspect was well-known to them.
‘We’ve had prior contact with him,’ Hollobaugh said, declining to give more specifics.