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Police Catch Alleged Card Thief In Real Time

SANATOGA PA – A credit card company, a local crime victim, and Lower Pottsgrove police helped by neighboring departments leveraged the power of real-time technology Saturday (July 29, 2017) morning to catch an alleged out-of-town thief charged with several counts, township Ofc. David McKechnie reported in a news release.

Arrested was Anthony Bernard McAlpine, 29, from Brooklyn NY. He was being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA, awaiting a court date during which he will face six felony and seven misdemeanor charges of credit card theft and related crimes, the release added.

McKechnie was called Saturday morning at 10:44 a.m. to Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., where a car owner had reported thefts of a woman’s pocketbook and wallet from a vehicle parked for about two hours near the church.

While police were still at the scene with the victim, her phone rang. Representatives from Discover Card were on the line, they said. Her credit card was being used – at that moment – to make purchases from several stores in the Upland Square Shopping Center at North State Street and Route 100, according to the issuer.

Lower Pottsgrove asked officers from the West and Upper Pottsgrove police departments to check the incidents, while Discover employees continued to update authorities on the thief’s progress. As he moved from store to store, police followed, checked, and verified his description. They found him making a purchase, and detained him, at one merchant’s storefront; then positively identified him as their suspect, and took him into custody.

During his short buying spree, police allege, the thief racked up a total of $1,537 in charges. Bail, if deemed appropriate, and a preliminary hearing date have yet to be set.

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