June 25, 2024

In Milton, Delaware, a man from New York has been apprehended due to numerous instances of illegitimate credit card transactions last year.

On May 13, 2023, the first fraudulent activity was cited at Coastal Wine and Spirits situated in Milton. Investigation revealed that two male suspects had availed of more than $3,800 worth of goods using a counterfeit credit card. Shortly after, the police were alerted about a similar case at Hickman’s Discount Liquors in Ocean View, where the suspect made off with over $6,600 worth of goods using a counterfeit credit card.

The police were able to track down one of the culprits, Michael Lacey, 29, from Valley Stream, New York. Following this, Lacey was extradited from New Jersey to Delaware this week and subsequently charged with possession of tools for facilitating identity theft, organized retail theft over $1500, illegal usage of a purloined payment card over $1500, four counts of illegal use of a stolen payment card over $1500 where the victim is over 62, deception related theft over $1500, and conspiracy of the second degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What were the exact charges placed on Michael Lacey?

Lacey was charged with possession of tools for facilitating identity theft, organized retail theft over $1500, illegal usage of a stolen payment card over $1500, four counts of illegal use of a stolen payment card over to $1500 and victim is over 62, deception related theft over $1500, and conspiracy of the second degree.

2. What were the locations where the fraudulent activities occurred?

The first claimed fraudulent transaction occurred at Coastal Wine and Spirits in Milton, while the subsequent one was reported to have happened at Hickman’s Discount Liquors in Ocean View.

3. How were the authorities able to identify Lacey as one of the suspects?

The details on how the authorities were able to identify Lacey as one of the perpetrators were not disclosed in the report. Typically though, police use surveillance footage, transaction records, and witness descriptions to identify suspects in such cases.