Eufaula teens arrested for credit card fraud

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) — Four minors and an 18-year-old now face federal charges after police say they stole credit cards from the locker room.

Police said 18-year-old Leslie Nelson Swain III was the mastermind behind the scheme.

“Our information, they were taking pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sharing those pictures with each other,” says chef Steve Watkins.

A simple scheme which, according to the chef, was far from elaborate. “As for the scheme, it wasn’t that elaborate. They got the numbers and would have shared them,” says chef Steve Watkins.

The group purchased items online, implicating five victims. One of the cards had over 200 purchases totaling over $5,000.

The Eufaula Police Department has released and shared with the public some of the items they say the group purchased using the stolen credit cards. “Clothes, tennis shoes, headgear of that nature,” says chef Steve Watkins.

Some of the items, purchased fraudulently, have been recovered.(Eufaula Police Department)

Watkins saying for him it is important that people protect their belongings.

“Two things to remember here, the first is to secure your property. The other is to check with your financial institution. Many of these cards have enabled multiple purchases within minutes,” says Chef Steve Watkins.

And for teenagers, the chef says, even if they enjoyed the shopping spree, it’s not worth jail time.

“All of these charges are felonies in the state of Alabama, adult felonies are a little different than juvenile offenders, but they still have a court. They’re innocent until proven guilty,” says Chief Steve Watkins.

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