Cornelius man arrested on identity theft charge

07/16/2014 2:11 PM

07/16/2014 2:12 PM

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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