Police: Two arrested in connection with identity theft

Laura Christina Dayton

Laura Christina Dayton

Jeffrey Lynn Mays Jr.

Jeffrey Lynn Mays Jr.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 5:53 pm

Police: Two arrested in connection with identity theft

From staff reports

Hickory Daily Record

HICKORY, N.C. – Two people who spent the weekend in jail on identity theft and larceny charges allegedly opened a line of credit in someone else’s name at a Hickory furniture store, then apparently were unable to select a suitable piece of furniture to take home with them.

Laura Christina Dayton, 30, and Jeffrey Lynn Mays Jr., 35, both of 3077 First Avenue SW, Hickory, were arrested at their residence Saturday.

Dayton was charged with one count of felony obtaining property by false pretenses and four counts of felony identity theft. She was held with a $53,000 secured bond.

Mays was charged with two counts of felony larceny and one count of misdemeanor larceny. He was held with a $43,000 secured bond.

A Claremont woman reported her purse was stolen from her car June 20, said Hickory Police Department spokeswoman Chrystal Dieter. The victim reported the theft to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

On June 26, the victim called Hickory police to report someone tried to open a credit line in her name at Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Hickory, Dieter said. A clerk at the store told police a man and woman came in the previous day to open the line of credit but ended up leaving without buying anything.

The victim told police she thought Mays might be responsible for the crime because she was aware he used to commit similar crimes, Dieter said.

Officers conducted a photo lineup with the clerk. The clerk identified Mays as the man who came into the store, Dieter said.

In addition to opening the credit line, the suspects also reactivated one of the victim’s deactivated credit cards and were seen on surveillance video at Home Depot in Hickory purchasing a pressure washer with the card.

Both suspects were expected to appear Monday in District Court in Newton.


Monday, July 7, 2014 5:53 pm.

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