Credit Card Fraud Charges Filed

OCEAN CITY — A New Jersey man was charged with theft and credit card fraud last week after an investigation determined he allegedly used a fraudulent card to make purchases at a local hardware store.

Back on Nov.14, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) began an investigation into theft and credit card fraud after employees at a local hardware store reported fraudulent charges being made. OCPD detectives learned a suspect had purchased numerous items including power tools and gift cards with a fraudulent credit card. The total value of merchandise the suspect attempted to obtain fraudulently was over $1,500.

Through the investigation, OCPD detectives identified the suspect as Tristin Haynes, 29, of Teaneck, N.J. It was later learned Haynes and another accomplice had been making similar theft and fraudulent credit card purchases at hardware stores up and down the east coast.

OCPD detectives charged Haynes with multiple offenses including theft and theft scheme from $1,500 to under $25,000, fraud, identity theft and counterfeit credit card. An arrest warrant was issued in December and was served on Haynes late last month. Haynes is currently being held without bond.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.