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Friday, December 15 News

NY teens charged in credit card scam

DARIEN — Three New York teens were hit with multiple fraud-related charges after they were caught with a credit card scanning device, as well as cards not in their name, outside a Darien bank.

Employees at TD Bank on the Post Road contacted police around 9:15 a.m. Nov. 16 to report a black BMW sedan with tinted windows had been in the area of the bank parking lot for over an hour. The car had driven out of the lot at one point and re-entered, driving slowly through the lot a second time.

Police found a car matching the description at a parking lot across the street from the bank. Officers detained the teenagers inside and questioned them about being in the bank lot. K-9 Kenny conducted a free air sniff of the car and indicated there were drugs inside. Officers searched the car and found a bag with what appeared to be marijuana, several checks in various names written for different amounts and a credit card scanning device.

At that point, officers attempted to place the teens under arrest. However, two of them ran away and officers chased after them. Responding units helped catch and detain the teens at a nearby office building.

Police searched the teenagers and found several credit cards in other people’s names. A check later revealed the cards had been reprogrammed with different account numbers from different banks than the ones listed on the cards.

Shemar Joachim, 18, of 103th Avenue in Jamaica, N.Y., Shabazz Baptiste, 19, of 130th Road in Valley Stream, N.Y., and Jaylen White, 18, of 130th Avenue in Jamaica, N.Y., were charged with unlawful reproduction of a credit card, fourth-degree larceny, unlawful use of a scanning device, credit card theft, conspiracy to reproduce a credit card and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana. Joachim and Baptiste were also charged with interfering with an officer.

All three teens were held on $25,000 bonds and given Nov. 27 court dates.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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