Tewksbury, Danvers Police Nab New York Man For Credit Card Fraud Scheme
A Syracuse, NY man is facing multiple charges after allegedly stealing the identity of a woman and using it to create fraudulent credit cards and making purchases at Wal-Marts in Tewksbury and Danvers.
Thomas E. Simmons III, 40, of 457 Westmoreland Ave, Syracuse, NY was arrested on March 7 and charged with larceny over $250, improper use of a credit card over $250 and identity fraud.
According to Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, the case began on Jan. 31, when a victim reported that her credit card was used at the Tewksbury Walmart. She also reported that her credit card was still in her possession. Tewksbury Detectives contacted Walmart, obtained surveillance video and worked with the Walmart Loss Prevention Division to distribute the photos of the suspect.
According to Sheehan, the case broke on March 7, when a Danvers Walmart Loss Prevention Officer observed the suspect in the Danvers store. Danvers and Tewksbury Police were notified and a positive identification was made.
Simmons was committing the same crime of larceny and credit card fraud in Danvers. Danvers Police arrested Simmons after a brief foot chase, said Sheehan.
Danvers Police charged Simmons with three counts of larceny over $250, credit card fraud over $250, possessing a forged registry document and possessing equipment to make fraudulent credit cards.
Simmons was able to post bail in Danvers, but when he did, Tewksbury Police officers arrested him immediately on the Tewksbury charges and brought him to Tewksbury Headquarters where he was denied bail.
Tewksbury Detectives believe that Simmons was obtaining stolen credit card numbers and making credit cards to commit these crimes, said Sheehan.
This investigation is ongoing as it is believed there is a connection to similar crimes committed in Sturbridge, Oxford and Lexington. Lincoln Police have identified Simmons as a suspect in their community and have filed charges against him for larceny over $250 and credit card fraud over $250.
Simmons was arraigned at Lowell District Court on March 9.
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