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Two Alleged Thieves Face 298 Charges Each

LIMERICK PA – Two out-of-town males who seemingly came a long way to be arrested Friday (May 20, 2016) by Limerick Township police both face hundreds of separate counts of theft-related offenses, after they bought goods at stores in the Philadelphia Premium Outlets center on West Lightcap Road using what officers alleged were fraudulent gift cards.

Moussa Diarrassuba, 41, of Chicago IL, and Souleymane Magassouba, 23, of Bronx NY, have already been arraigned. According to county criminal dockets, Diarrassuba was being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA after failing to post $50,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Justice Henry Schireson; Magassouba’s confinement ended Tuesday (May 24) after his same bail amount was posted by a professional bondsman.

They face multiple charges including possession of or accessing a device that was knowingly counterfeit or altered, possession of an instrument of crime with an intent to use, theft by deception or false impression, receiving stolen property, forgery, secure execution of documents by deception, tampering with records or identification, identity theft, and various conspiracies.

The dockets for each man run to 11 pages in length, and list 298 separate charges.

On its Facebook page Thursday (May 26), the Limerick department said “an alert employee” at one of the outlet retailers “reported that the males were completing transactions in an unusual pattern with what appeared to be gift cards.” Officers located the pair, and during the course of their investigation allegedly recovered 40 fraudulent gift cards that had been “illegally reassigned with credit card information belonging to unsuspecting victims.”

Preliminary hearings for the two are scheduled for June 7 (Monday) at 2 p.m. in the West Ridge Pike courtroom of Justice Walter F. Gadzicki Jr.

Photos from the Limerick Police Department via Facebook

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