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Limerick Police Arrest 3 in Credit Card Scam

Three township Wawa stores were hit by alleged scam artists on October 9.

Three Philadelphia residents were arrested on October 9 in Limerick Township and charged with theft, identity theft and forgery after allegedly using falsified or stolen credit cards to purchase cigarettes and gift cards. 

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in District Court 38-1-19, Charissa Reid and Zondra Holmes, both 49, and Eric Sackie, 22, all from Philadelphia, had gone to three Wawa stores and allegedly used multiple credit cards to make the purchases. 

The Wawa stores, two on Ridge Pike and one on Lewis Road and Linfield-Trappe Road, were all victimized in a period of 32 minutes on the evening of the ninth. 

In the affidavit, Corporal Fitz Duffy reported that he was approached by Wawa employees at the 451 West Ridge Pike store two weeks ago while working the day shift. The employees reported people making purchases with multiple credit cards. If a card was declined, the customer would use another card. 

"They knew something was wrong with what was happening, but they didn't know what the scam could be," Duffy wrote. 

Duffy wrote that the employees called police to report an identity theft, and when Duffy arrived he was told that Holmes had allegedly tried to use multiple cards and then left abruptly when asked for identification. Wawa employees described the car in which Holmes left.

Duffy sent another officer to the Wawa at Lewis Road and Linfield-Trappe Road, where Holmes and Sackie were found in the car described. The affidavit says that multiple gift cards and cartons of cigarettes were sitting in plain sight in the car.

Sales receipts and surveillance video showed that two women had reportedly made purchases seven minutes apart with the same card. Sackie had allegedly parked the car at both stores in an adjacent area, out of sight of employees and security cameras. 

Sackie and Holmes were both arrested. 

Reid was found while officers were going back and forth from the involved stores, according to the affidavit. As Reid was being transported, she allegedly tried to hide a marijuana pipe in the back seat of the patrol car. 

All three were arrested and charged with multiple counts of forgery, theft by deception, identity theft, and possessing an instrument of crime. Reid was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Bail for Holmes and Reid was set at $100,000. Sackie's bail was set at $75,000.

All three are incarcerated pending a preliminary hearing. 

henry eroh October 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
it may not be right to catoragize but WHERE are these things coming from that do these crimes- mostly the one's I see are from filthydelfia and yes most are not white- the truth is the truth but you and other's don't want to hear the truth- yes all races commit crime but these outlets are plagued with idiots like the one's here in the article
Dan28 October 13, 2012 at 06:54 PM
@Henry. I think what you're missing, other than good grammar, is the fact all "races" commit crime. Where its true people of less money and from cities tend to commit petty crimes, I would argue that rich people from affluent areas tend to commit "white" collar crimes. These crimes can cost the people or our great nation more money than petty crime. Another point, someone has to grow up and realize that we MUST come together as a people. Never judge a person by their skin, beliefs, or ideas, learn about them as an individual. You will truly understand than how great of a nation we are.
Dynamo47 October 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I agree Chrissy. I wrote a post previously regarding how many local residents are actually employed by the outlets. I would venture a guess that many are residents of the city who work there and many who take public transportation. I am also curious as to how many shoppers at the outlets are actually locals. To me all the outlets have seemed to do in increase traffic, increase crime, and increase the need for a police presence in the outlet area.
Lonnie Crane November 01, 2012 at 06:31 PM
If they chop hands off for stealing tens and hundreds, what do you chop off for stealing millions and billions.
John Q. Public November 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Henry, if other races are stealing at the outlets as some here suggest - and I have no reason to doubt them - their names are not being reported. I often see reports of Philly residents and other urban folk caught stealing at the Limerick outlets, but local thieves are not being reported. Very curious.

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