Hit-and-run arrest leads to identity theft charges

Posted: March 06, 2013

Chester County police knew something else was amiss when they saw the driver of the car suspected in a hit-and-run crash throw credit cards out the window - lots of them.

David Carroll and Rochelle Fraser, both of South Jamaica, New York have been charged with identity theft, forgery, theft and other related crimes, according to the West Whiteland Township police.

On Jan. 25, Carroll was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident on North Pottstown Pike in Exton. Police saw Carroll's car traveling south on Route 100 after the crash. While police attempted to make a traffic stop, the credit cards began flying out the car's window.

Police said a total of 19 cards were found on the highway. Carroll and Fraser, a passenger in the car, were found in possession of three cards that appeared to be counterfeit. Five more cards and $1600 worth of cigarettes were found in the car, according to police.

A lengthy investigation revealed 25 of the cards found were counterfeit and had account numbers from victims in both the United States and England. The pair used the cards in Northampton Lehigh and Chester Counties to buy the smokes and gift cards, police said. The new charges were filed Tuesday.


Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

 

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