Charlotte detectives catch man suspected of stealing from bank account
ROTUNDA WEST, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested an Englewood East man for using a credit/debit card swiping devise with a cell phone to steal almost $8,000 from a Rotonda West man.
41-year-old Christopher Lee Carroll faces eight felonies for uttering a forged instrument, fraudulent use of credit cards and grand theft. In all Carroll withdrew $7,942 from the victim's account.
The crime started in May 2012 when the victim reported an unknown person used his various credit/debit cards on purchases through a company called Square. They were deposited into a SunTrust account by Carroll. Also, several checks were missing from the victim’s checkbook and cashed.
Detectives obtained a subpoena last month and finally obtained SunTrust statements of the transactions from all Carroll’s Square business account. The amounts missing from the victim’s credit/debit accounts and checks debited were exact, down to the penny, according to detectives.
Detectives went to the Charlotte County Jail Friday to interview Carroll who is in jail on un-related charges. He refused to talk to detectives and was returned to his jail cell. Carroll was arrested July 28, 2012 on Kidnap and False Imprisonment charges; his bond has been $50,000. With the eight new charges, Carroll’s bond was $20,000 more for a total bond now of $70,000.