New York teens arrested for credit card fraud following foot chase
Police arrested a trio of New York teenagers on multiple charges related to credit card fraud after employees at the Darien’s TD Bank reported suspicious activity on Nov. 16.
The bank contacted police just after 9 a.m. to report that a car with dark tinted windows had been backed into a parking space in the corner of the lot for over an hour. The vehicle left the lot at one point and crossed Post Road but returned later, driving through the TD Bank lot a second time at a slow rate.
Officers found a vehicle matching the description given by the complainant in a parking lot directly across the street from TD Bank. The three occupants were detained and questioned about their being in the bank lot. During this time, K9 officer Kenny conducted a free-air sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and detected narcotics inside.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a bag marijuana, several checks with various names written for varying amounts, and a credit card scanning device. When the officer attempted to place the three men under arrest, two of them attempted to flee on foot and were pursued by police. Other units in the area responded to help and both suspects were caught at a nearby office building.
Searches of all three individuals revealed numerous credit cards not belonging to the suspects. The cards would later be checked and show that they had been reprogrammed with account numbers unassociated with the account number on the card and often from different banking institutions than the card’s issuer.
Police charged Joachim Shermar, 18, Shabazz Baptiste, 19 and Jaylen White, 18, with unlawful reproduction of a credit card, larceny, unlawful use of a scanning device, credit card theft, conspiracy to reproduce credit cards and possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. Shermar and Baptiste were also charged with interfering with an officer for their role in the chase.
All three suspects were transported to headquarters where they were processed for the above charges. All were held on a $25,000 bond and given a court date of Nov. 27.