Police: Restaurant host stole card, charged $230
NUMIDIA - A host at a Bloomsburg restaurant was charged with identity theft after using a credit card left behind to buy beer and other items from a supermarket.
Locust Township Police charged Roscoe Law, 33, of 195 Madison St., Apt. 10, New York, N.Y., Monday with a felony count of identity theft and misdemeanor charges of access device fraud; theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered, and unauthorized use of a credit card.
Law was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Doug Brewer, of Millville, and was committed to Columbia County Prison on $20,000 cash bail.
According to court documents filed by Locust Township Police Patrolman Joseph Samuels, authorities were contacted May 1 by the victim, Rodney W. Snyder, of Roaring Creek Township, who told police his bank card was either lost or stolen in the Bloomsburg area April 28.
Snyder told police he last remembered using the card at a Japanese restaurant. He later was advised by his bank that his card was used three times within a two-hour period April 28 at Weis Markets, Bloomsburg. The amounts were $82.16, $9.98 and $137.29.
Police reviewed video surveillance at the supermarket. The suspect used his ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Snyder saw the video and recognized the male as an employee of the restaurant.
Police questioned Law Monday. After being shown the receipts and photos of him at the supermarket, Law said a waiter approached him April 28 with a credit card that had been found in the restaurant. Law said he took the card and put it in his pocket.
Law said he went to Weis Markets after his shift and used the card to buy "juice and grocery items," including beer for a friend, spending $82.16.
When the officer asked about a second purchase April 28, Law said he wanted to buy "strawberries for the girls" and spent $9.98 on the fruit.
After taking the groceries home, Law told police he returned to the store at 11:30 p.m. to buy shampoo, headphones, a candle and other household goods, spending $137.29.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, before Magisterial District Judge Craig W. Long, of Catawissa.