WINDSOR >> On Aug. 23, the Windsor Police Department ended a multi-state crime spree that began in New York and extended through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and into Vermont.
After receiving a be-on-the-lookout alert from a neighboring agency in New Hampshire, the officers proactively notified local businesses of a credit card skimming and re-encoding scam being perpetrated by four males operating a BMW bearing New York plates.
Shortly thereafter, the males attempted to commit fraudulent purchases at local area businesses in the town of Windsor.
The subjects were observed operating the BMW on Main Street and were subsequently stopped by police.
After an investigation, all four subjects were arrested for the above charges. Officers located the credit card re-encoder machine and numerous fraudulent credit cards on the suspects. It was learned that during the interstate travel, blank magnetic strip copy credit cards were embossed with the perpetrators' names, stolen credit card information was magnetically encoded to the cards, and fraudulent.
Those arrested and cited include Carl White, 27, Jacob Houedjissi, 26, and Kyle Philip, 21, all of Jamaica, N.Y., and Shaquille Francis, 22, of Springfield Gardens, N.Y. Charges included possession of use or credit card skimming devices and re-encoders, identify theft, accessory aiding in the commission of a felony, and uttering forged or counterfeit instrument.
• At 9:10 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 12 in Charlestown. As a result, Johathan Devarney, 21, of Bellows Falls, was cited with operating vehicle with a revoked or suspended license.
• At 7 a.m., the New Hampshire State Police responded to a residence on Route 123 in Marlow for the report of an altercation. As a result, Justin Clark, 30, of North Walpole, was arrested and cited with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
• At 9 a.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a speeding motor vehicle stop on Route 5 in Dummerston. As a result, Brandon F. Parent, 25, of Hinsdale, N.H., was arrested and cited with careless and negligent operation for driving his motor vehicle at 100 mph in a 50 mph zone.
• At 6:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a speeding motor vehicle stop on Interstate 91 in Guilford. As a result, Ann C. Haskins, 54, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with driving under the influence of alcohol.
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