UNION COUNTY — Five men are facing charges after one allegedly used a stolen credit card number to make purchases at a local convenience store.
The following charges have been filed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office against the following individuals:
• Andre Francis Hamb, 21, 5040 Sandwedge Cr., Kennesaw, Ga., charged with simple possession of marijuana and two counts of financial transaction card fraud.
• Jaquan Anthony Page, 20, 4551 Spotted Pony Dr., Acworth, Ga., charged simple possession of marijuana.
• Michel Reginald Lee, 28, 2080 Roswell Rd., Marietta, Ga., charged with simple possession of marijuana.
• Keyshawn Lee Henderson, 17, 2085 Roswell Rd., #1914, Marietta, Ga., charged with simple possession of marijuana.
• Marshae Giovanni Henderson, 19, 5301 Indigo Ct., Ackworth, Ga., charged with simple possession of marijuana.
In a statement released this afternoon, Sheriff David Taylor said that the case began when deputies were dispatched Monday afternoon to the Dollar General store at 102 Post Office Drive in Jonesville in reference to a possible stolen debit card. Taylor said that prior to the arrival of the deputies, the store notified 911 that the vehicle had left and was being driven by a black male. The vehicle was described as a red Chevrolet Silverado truck with a Georgia license plate.
Taylor said the store clerk told deputies that the black male attempted to purchase several Lowe’s and Home Depot gift cards in the amount of $500 each. The clerk said the black male had several bank cards with him and he attempted to use three different cards before one finally worked. The black male made two Lowe’s gift card purchases and wanted to make more but the clerk told him he would have to wait an hour to purchase more cards. At that point, the black male got in the truck and proceeded into the Town of Jonesville.
A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) on the vehicle was then issued to both county and city law enforcement.
Taylor said a deputy called the Dollar General in Lockhart to make them aware of what was happening and the clerk stated that a black male was in the check-out line as they spoke. He said the deputy proceeded toward Lockhart but the truck had left the store in an unknown direction.
A short time later, Sgt. Russell Vinson saw a truck in Monarch and it was occupied by what he thought was five black males. The vehicle was leaving Dollar General in Monarch. This was the vehicle that deputies had received complaints about using possible stolen bank cards.
Taylor said Sgt. Vinson waited until he had some additional police units to back him up and then he activated his blue lights. The vehicle pulled over in the 1200 block of West Main Street in the City of Union. Taylor said the vehicle was being driven by JaQuan Page. He said officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and all occupants were removed from the truck.
As Page was exiting the vehicle, Taylor said Sgt. Vinson observed Page trying to hide a bank card between the seats. Taylor said a swisher sweet pack with marijuana inside was found in the backseat. He said that at that point all five individuals refused to talk and asked for a lawyer. All five of the subjects in the vehicle were charged with possession of marijuana and transported to the Union County Jail. Also taken for evidence were numerous credit cards and cell phones.
On Tuesday, Taylor said Captain James McNeil started investigating the case in more detail. He said that during the investigation, it was discovered that Andre Francis Hamb had stolen a credit card number from the Amalgamated Sugar Company in Idaho. Taylor said the company was not even aware their account had been hit until McNeil contacted the purchasing manager. After further review, the purchasing manager told McNeil their account was hit for approximately $8,000 and $1,500 was in Union County.
Taylor added that his office is aware of at least one store in Spartanburg that was hit the same day as those in Union County.
Taylor commended his Patrol Division and investigators for the job they did in this case.
This story courtesy of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.