On March 5, 2020, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a home in Chino Valley regarding a credit card fraud complaint. The victim indicated she apparently dropped her credit card at the Wal Mart on Gail Gardner Way in Prescott a few days prior and now had reports of several unauthorized charges on the account. There were over 20 charges already totaling several hundred dollars.
Deputies contacted store security at the Wal Mart that night to review security video, but it was not immediately available. Undeterred, the reporting deputy reviewed the charges and found a recent purchase at a Motel 6 in Prescott. The deputy contacted motel personnel who confirmed the use of the victim’s card and indicated the purchaser was still occupying a rented room. Deputies went to the room and eventually detained four subjects including 43-year-old Terry Thompson and 23-year-old Nelson Robinson, both from Prescott. The other two subjects were later released at the scene pending follow-up.
Robinson was interviewed and claimed he knew Thompson possessed a credit card belonging to someone else and that he was present when Thompson bought him a bicycle among other items. After a reminder that video of those purchases was available, Robinson admitted he made those purchases himself with the stolen card.
Thompson acknowledged he found the victim’s card in the Wal Mart parking lot and made several purchases including electronics, food, phone service and the motel room. He bought some items for friends.
Deputies recovered several stolen items from the motel room including receipts with the victim’s card number used for Wal-Mart with a total purchase of $260.64; a second Wal-Mart receipt for a total purchase of $420.76; a Target receipt for a total purchase of $98.87; a second Target receipt for a total purchase of $180.50; and a Motel 6 receipt for a total purchase of $154.64. Deputies also located several drug pipes, marijuana, and THC wax.
At the conclusion of the investigation at the motel, deputies confirmed 26 charges by the suspects totaling more than $2400.
Deputies continue reviewing the circumstances intending to identify associates of the suspects who may have purchased items with the victim’s card or knowingly received stolen property.
Thompson and Robinson were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center.
Charges as follows –
Theft of a credit card or obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means, Fraudulent use of a credit card (X15 counts), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession or use of narcotic drug, Taking identity of another person, Theft with intent to deprive, and Tampering with physical evidence. He remains in-custody on a $5,000 bond.
For Robinson –
Theft of a credit card or obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means, Fraudulent use of a credit card (X15 counts), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Trafficking in stolen property, Taking identity of another person and Theft with intent to deprive. Robinson remains in-custody and is held without bond due to a probation hold.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260
or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov