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By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 19, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

FRAMINGHAM -
Police said the arrest of a 22-year-old on theft and identity fraud charges Thursday came after a passing motorist noticed credit cards being thrown onto Rte. 30 from the man's car window and alerted officers.
Lt. Paul Shastany said the cards have been traced back to a Dover car break-in, but did not know why they were being discarded at that point in time.
Officers received the call around 8:30 p.m., Shastany said, soon finding the car empty and parked outside the GameStop video game store off Rte. 30.
When two men returned to the car, officers arrested Ricardo Exantus of 89 Maynard Road in Framingham, charging him with receiving stolen property worth more than $250, using someone else's credit card and possessing a bank card and a license, both in someone else's name, Shastany said. He said officers found four other discarded credit cards along Rte. 30, though it was not clear whether Exantus or his companion had thrown them.
Shastany said police are investigating the case with their Dover colleagues and are looking into whether the second man should be charged. While Exantus told officers the credit cards and license came from a wallet he found on the street in Natick, they were soon traced back to a Dover car break-in reported by a doctor. Shastany said a GPS unit was also taken from the doctor's car.
Shastany said Exantus used the credit cards to buy gas, cigars, cigarettes and Red Bull at two area service stations. Shastany said the 22-year-old also tried to buy $1,000 in electronics from the Target on Rte. 30 but was turned away because he lacked proper identification. Exantus was also turned away at the adjacent GameStop on a $400 attempted purchase before being arrested, Shastany said.
Shastany said the arrest reinforced a simply safety message.
"Lock your cars, take your wallets out," he said.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x2032138193/Police-charge-man-with-identity-fraud
 
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