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Kelowna RCMP bust credit card fraudster

A 24-year-old man from West Kelowna is in custody and faces potential fraud charges after using a sham story and a pin pad trick to steal some clothes.

Yesterday afternoon, MacDermott’s on Bernard reported a man had tried to steal from the store by using a pin pad scheme.

The individual entered the store, selected several items for purchase, but presented a credit card that didn't work.

Telling the clerk he had “the magic touch," the individual then took control of the pin pad and manually entered a credit card number.

"Staff became suspicious and asked for identification prompting the man to claim that he had none but 'could be trusted,'" said a statement from RCMP issued Wednesday. "When pressed for identification, the man fled without the merchandise and the transaction was reversed."

MacD’s Lakeside, located at 219 Bernard Avenue, was not so lucky. Presenting with a story that all of his belongings had been stolen at the Centre of Gravity, the same individual said he needed clothes and knew his card number. He purchased $565 in clothing by manually entering credit card details.

The suspect has since been arrested and charged with fraud under $5000 and failing to comply with a recognizance order.

Police have information to suggest that there are three to four other individuals who are also targeting local stores in this manner and caution retailers to employ strong security business practices.

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