2017-08-11 / Community

Police say scam artist caught red-handed

A Burbank man was arrested July 28 on suspicion of attempting to use a stolen credit card number at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

Dwight Evans, 34, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. after attempting to make a purchase at Barney’s New York Warehouse, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said that when Evans attempted to buy clothes, the owner of the credit card was alerted by his bank. The Los Angeles resident, who had the credit card in his possession, contacted the store to inquire about the use of his credit card number. Store security then helped sheriff’s deputies find and arrest Evans, according to police. Deputies said security footage confirmed that Evans tried to use the stolen credit card number.

Sgt. John Franchi with the Camarillo Police Department said he encourages all credit card users to take advantage of the safety features banks and credit card companies offer. He also recommended that customers only use their cards at reputable businesses and websites.

“Any type of alert you can use, we absolutely recommend they do that,” Franchi said.

Police say Evans was in possession of credit cards in multiple names, as well as a fake driver’s license from Nevada. Franchi said the sheriff’s office is searching for other possible victims.

Evans was booked into the Main Jail in Ventura on several charges, including identity theft, petty theft, felony burglary and possession of a fake driver’s license. He was released from custody July 31 and is due back in court Aug. 15.

Cameron Kiszla

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