Third suspect in Northampton credit card fraud arrested, cops say

Northampton Borough police have arrested the third person sought in a credit card fraud scheme, and they say he also broke into a vehicle and stole belongings.

Cullen C. Konya, 19, of the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Northampton, remained Friday in Northampton County Prison facing 22 charges in three separate incidents in the borough, records say.

In the vehicle break-in, residents on Northampton Avenue reported seeing a male — later identified through a photo lineup as Konya — park July 19 across the street from their home, walk south and reappear carrying a backpack and large purse, court records say.

One of the residents recognized the purse as belonging to a neighbor, and told police the male put both bags into his car, records say. Konya then tried a door on the residents’ car parked in their driveway but ran when one of the residents yelled at him, according to Northampton police.

Police responded, and the woman whose purse was believed stolen identified the purse and her work bag inside Konya’s vehicle, a white Toyota, court records say. Investigators also confirmed her vehicle had been entered.

Police said they also found in the car a wallet with identification belonging to Konya as well as the identification and credit cards of a Whitehall Township woman, whom police called to have her pick up her belongings, records say.

Konya also conspired with Rachel A. Puccio, 35, of the 700 block of Bethany Place in Walnutport, and Russell A. Brown, 34, no permanent address, to use credit cards stolen July 14 from a vehicle in Northampton, according to police. Konya and Brown allegedly also used a credit card stolen July 7 in the borough.

Source: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/northampton-county/index.ssf/2015/09/third_suspect_in_northampton_c.html

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