Three Arrested in Credit Card/Identity Theft Operation 12-21-2016
Date/Time: Monday, December 19th, 2016
Location: 465 Country Drive, Dover, DE (Country Village Apartments)
Officer Releasing Information: M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer
The Dover Police Department is urging the public to check their credit card/bank statements and monitor their credit after they arrested two men and are seeking a third in connection with a credit card/identity theft operation. The Dover Police Department became aware of the operation when the Dover Sears store notified them that an employee was illegally purchasing gift cards with unknown victims credit card information. The employee, Jonathan Williams (22), was also an employee at the Best Buy in Dover, Delaware. Williams was gaining access to credit card and personal information from victims across the country and using that information to make purchases.
A search warrant was later conducted at a residence at Country Village Apartments in Dover. As a result, the Dover Police Department arrested Raheem Williams (23), and William Smalls Jr. (22). Jonathan Williams was not present and is currently wanted by the Dover Police Department.
During the search warrant, investigators located a credit card production site, multiple skimming devices, credit card embossing devices, and numerous blank chipped and non-chipped credit cards. The suspects were creating duplicate or false credit cards as well as fake state identification cards for the purpose of using them to defraud companies by making purchases. In addition to the credit card equipment, investigators located marijuana in the apartment that was intended for resale.
At this time, it is unknown how many people have been victimized by this operation. The Dover Police Department is strongly encouraging that everyone should pay close attention to their credit card statements and bills, bank accounts, and monitor their credit reports for suspicious activity, especially if you have shopped at the Dover Sears or Best Buy locations. You can obtain a free copy of your credit report annually at: www.annualcreditreport.com/.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App