Man faces credit card theft charges
By Joe Beck
An Alexandria man was in custody Tuesday evening after law enforcement officers from Woodstock and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office stopped him on Interstate 81 and charged him with two credit card-related offenses.
Authorities say the defendant, Isaac Ansah, 28, walked into the Woodstock Wal-Mart and tried to buy more than $200 worth of electronic equipment with a credit card that was declined and proved to be stolen.
Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said Ansah fled the store, got in his vehicle and took off northbound on Interstate 81.
A sheriff’s deputy stopped Ansah’s vehicle around 12:30 p.m. after matching it with a description of the vehicle that left Wal-Mart a few minutes earlier, Reiley said.
Reiley said Ansah threw some credit cards out the window as his vehicle was pulled over.
“We responded and took possession of the cards he tried to discard,” Reiley said. “They were collected on the ground outside the vehicle.”
Reiley said Ansah was charged with one count of credit card theft and one count of credit card fraud.
Authorities have also identified Ansah as a suspect in an incident on Sept. 18 involving $2,500 worth of gift cards bought with stolen credit cards.
“We’re waiting on the Secret Service to interview this individual and link him back to other individuals,” Reiley said.
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