Report: Fraud suspect fled Rock Hill tool shop with $800 machine

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 7, 2014 

— A “man with an Eastern European accent” walked into a Rock Hill tools business, handed the clerk a stolen credit card and then ran away with an $800 piece of equipment when the store employee caught on to his fraud scheme Thursday evening, police say.

Officers spoke with the manager of the Northern Tool & Equipment off Dave Lyle Boulevard at about 6 p.m. when he reported the man walked into the store and planned to purchase an $800 plasma cutter and a $2,000 generator on his credit card, according to a Rock Hill police report. The cashier took the card, confirmed the man’s identity and completed the transaction.

As the man loaded the plasma cutter into a burgundy van, the employee went to grab the generator from the back. That’s when the store received a call notifying them that the credit card was stolen, the report states. The manager tried to stall the man for as long as he could after calling police. When police arrived on scene, the man “figured out what was going on” and fled the store. Police found a discarded receipt with the man’s signature, and a warranty document that a female accomplice filled out.

Police learned $131 on the card had been used at the BP gas station on Dave Lyle Boulevard less than an hour earlier. A total $2,995 was used at Northern Tool. Police contacted the card owner, who lives in Tennessee. He told police he’s never been to Rock Hill, but did not explain how the suspect might have gotten his card. Police are still investigating.

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