Chicago man faces identity theft charges

Perry Anderson, 43, of 7231 S. Damen Ave., Chicago was charged with identity theft on May 22 in Harwood Heights.

Detective Jolanta Smith said Anderson went into Game Stop, 4715 N. Harlem Ave., at 6:59 p.m. April 4 and bought a Sony PlayStation for $436 using a re-encoded credit card.

“The credit card was duplicated with the number of the victim,” Smith said. “It was used by him to make a purchase at Game Stop. It was deducted from the victim’s checking account.”

The victim, who lives in Barrington, quickly noticed the charge and contacted Harwood Heights police. Police found the store video and got an image of Anderson.

Police arrested Anderson at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie on May 22, where he had a hearing for a similar charge April 16 in Northbrook. Anderson was held against paying 10 percent of $100,000 bond on May 23.

Smith said Harwood Heights and other area police departments are seeing more instances of re-encoded credit cards.

“I encourage everyone to check credit card statements and bank statements frequently,” Smith said. “If there is any fraudulent charge, the card can be canceled immediately. If you’re going to use a debit card, most banks offer text alerts. You get alert on your phone that lets you know there’s activity on your debit card.”

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