Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Credit card use leads to identity theft arrest

October 11, 2007

Basehor Police recently solved a case involving identity theft, a common crime that is growing in popularity.

On Sept. 9, an individual reported a purse containing a credit card had been stolen from a vehicle at Wal-Mart in Leavenworth, Police Chief Terry Horner said.

"The card wound up at three different businesses in Basehor," Horner said. "Casey's and Sonic were hit the hardest, with each being hit four or five times a piece."

An employee at one of the businesses knew the individual using the stolen credit card and alerted police, Horner said.

After an eight-day investigation that began Sept. 18, Alexander Dean Grover, 19, Bonner Springs, was arrested on 11 counts of criminal use of a financial card. A court date is set for Nov. 13 in Basehor Municipal Court.

The investigation, performed by officer Robert Van Cleave, lead to one arrest, but police are also looking at another suspect, Horner said.

"Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States," Horner said. "And one of the biggest concerns as far as law enforcement is it is one of the most difficult crimes to solve. That's generally because suspects are hard to find and it crosses between county and state lines.

"Officer Van Cleave did a great job seeing this case through from start to finish and should be commended for a good investigation," Horner said.

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