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Cornelius man arrested on identity theft charge

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Michael Gerard Berry Jr., 28, of Cornelius, was arrested Monday and charged with identity theft and financial transaction card fraud, according to Iredell County authorities.

Iredell County authorities said an alert convenience store clerk helped them arrest a suspect in an identity theft case.

Michael Gerard Berry Jr., 28, of Cornelius, was arrested Monday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, based on information supplied by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they were contacted July 8 by a Maryland resident who said his debit card had been used at several locations in Iredell County. Detectives determined that the victim’s debit card number had been encoded on a counterfeit card.

According to investigators, the suspect used the card successfully at a Walgreens store on River Highway in Mooresville but was unsuccessful at the Wilco-Hess Travel Plaza in Troutman. Using video surveillance, detectives determined that the same man tried using the card in each place.

A break in the case came in the early morning hours of July 8, when a clerk at a Walgreens store on River Highway in Mooresville reported that a man had tried using four different debit cards before one was successful. The clerk called Mooresville police, who made a traffic stop on the man a short time later.

After investigating the case, authorities arrested Berry on Monday. He was charged with identity theft and financial transaction card fraud.

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