Philadel­phia man charged with thefts

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

A Philadel­phia man was charged with forgery and re­lated charges af­ter he at­tempted to steal four large-screen tele­vi­sions from the Sears at the Wil­low Grove Park mall Aug. 8, Abing­ton po­lice said.

Mark L. Tay­lor, 52, of korth 57th Street, Philadel­phia, was charged with forgery, use of a stolen credit card, ac­cess de­vice fraud, theft by de­cep­tion, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, pos­ses­sion of a coun­ter­feit credit card and the un­law­ful use of com­put­ers and other com­puter crimes af­ter a Sears loss preven­tion man­ager re­ported that Tay­lor had opened two Sears credit card ac­counts and im­me­di­ately pur­chased four large-screen tele­vi­sions with the cards at 2 p.m., po­lice said. The manger said the pur- chases and the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion that Tay­lor used looked sus­pi­cious, po­lice said.

The man­ager told au­thor­i­ties that Tay­lor was rid­ing in a Chrysler Pacifica, po­lice said.

Po­lice ar­rived at the mall shortly af­ter speak­ing with the man­ager and ob­served the Chrysler Pacifica exit the mall park­ing lot and turn left, head­ing north­bound on More­land Road with­out prop­erly sig­nal­ing, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties also ob­served that the driver’s side rear break light was fail­ing to il­lu­mi­nate prop­erly, po­lice said.

Po­lice stopped the ve­hi­cle on More­land and Al­li­son roads and ob­served the four large-screen tele­vi­sions in the back of the ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

Tay­lor, the pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle, told au­thor­i­ties he did not have a photo ID on him, when po­lice re­quested iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. When au­thor­i­ties did a Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion check, they found that Tay­lor’s li­cense was un­der sus­pen­sion, po­lice said.

When po­lice asked Tay­lor to exit the ve­hi­cle, he com­plied and im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted to mak­ing fraud­u­lent pur­chases at Sears, po­lice said. Tay­lor also ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a coun­ter­feit li­cense in the ve­hi­cle, po­lice said.

Po­lice con­fis­cated a coun­ter­feit Penn­syl­va­nia driver’s li­cense, a coun­ter­feit Ra­dio Shack Visa credit card, the four fraud­u­lently pur­chased tele­vi­sions, jew­elry that was also pur­chased with the Sears credit cards and a black leather folder con­tain­ing a com­plete credit card re­port of the vic­tim Tay­lor was pos­ing as, po­lice said.

The mer­chan­dise to­tal­ing A4,298.95 was re­turned to Sears, po­lice said.

Tay­lor was taken into cus­tody, po­lice said.

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