A pair of suspects from New York and Charlotte are jailed without bond after Rock Hill police alleged a widespread credit card and identity scheme that involves federal authorities and at least three states after more than 100 credit cards were found inside a Maserati worth more than $100,000.
Randy Granderson, 34, of New York, and Derreck Stallings Jr., 35, of Charlotte, are accused of stealing the identity of someone at a Cherry Road bank to get credit cards, then trying to use the cards to buy $5,400 worth of high-end Apple merchandise at Best Buy on Tuesday. When police stopped them at a Target next to the Best Buy, officers impounded the 2015 Maserati and found more than 100 cards in the names of both men, said Brad Sims, a detective with the Rock Hill Police Department, at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Police learned after both were arrested that each was convicted in 2014 in Pennsylvania in similar crimes and both are on probation.
Officers seized a laptop computer they believe to be involved in making cards and scamming identities in a case that is evolving, Sims said in court. A ledger connected to the cards also was seized.
Granderson said in court Wednesday he “didn’t do anything,” never went in the Best Buy store and did not use the card. The allegations on the arrest warrants say he was a “lookout.” Granderson said in court he works for a plumbing company in New York and lives with family, including his mother.
Stallings said nothing about the case during his brief bond hearing Wednesday except to say he was employed by a sweeper company in Charlotte, where he said he has lived for the past six years after moving from New York.
Police allege Stallings, who officers said has forgery charges in North Carolina as well, went to the bank Tuesday, assumed the identity of an unknown person, then went to Best Buy to try to get merchandise through fraud.
Both men have ties to New York and would be a flight risk if released, Sims and 16th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Jessica Holland said in court Wednesday. Both Granderson and Stallings are charged with criminal conspiracy, identity fraud and card fraud and face as much as 30 years in prison if convicted.
Rock Hill Municipal Judge Jane Modla denied bond for both Wednesday after Pennsylvania authorities told Rock Hill police they were going to charge both men with probation violations.
The arrests are the third in a string of similar cases in less than two weeks. On Nov. 27, Rock Hill police arrested three New Yorkers they say tried to use fraudulent cards to buy more than $2,000 in merchandise. Then on Dec. 3 police arrested three others they say tried to use a fake credit card.
Police have not said if the crimes are connected but police said in court that federal authorities are looking into the case involving Granderson and Stallings.
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