Man charged with identity theft after using stolen LINK card

DECATUR – A 24-year-old Decatur man was charged with two counts of identity theft in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday after he allegedly stole a woman’s wallet and spent more than $300 on her LINK card.

A sworn statement by a Decatur police detective said that Miles L. Van Fossan used a LINK card at three different Decatur businesses before being caught.

The victim said that she left her vehicle unlocked while she visited with friends June 12 and came back to find the doors locked and her wallet missing. Besides $230 in cash, the wallet contained her LINK card, social security card, credit cards and driver’s license.

The victim told that police that when she went to report her LINK card stolen, she was denied access because her pin number had been changed. A LINK representative confirmed that a person called June 14 and changed the pin after supplying the victim’s personal information.

The police affidavit said that on June 19, the victim’s LINK card was credited with more than $300 and that by July 1, her account “showed a zero balance.”

On June 24 and June 25, a white male was caught on camera surveillance system illegally using the victim’s LINK card at two businesses. One of the business’s clerks said he recognized the male as a regular customer and said his name “was similar to Miles Van Fasson.”

The clerk viewed a photo lineup and identified Van Fossan in his photo as the suspect who used the victim’s LINK card at his business June 25.

The clerk also viewed a still surveillance photo from a second business of the suspect and “was positive the suspect was also” Van Fossan, said the affidavit.

Van Fossan was arrested July 29 and is free on bond. He is due for arraignment Friday, Aug. 29.

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