You just have to love stories like this where the 'victim' takes charge and solves his own crime. Kudos to Mr. Fulbright for being persistent and for ensuring that these two knuckleheads don't have the chance to victimize someone else!
Stolen boat leads to fraud arrests
by Jules Norwood
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The theft of a small motorboat from Masonboro Island and the use of the victim’s credit cards in several stores and restaurants throughout the county led to two arrests on Monday, Nov. 3.
Nicholas Fulbright said he had taken his boat over to Masonboro to walk across the island and surf. When he returned to the sound side of the island after surfing, the boat was missing. After spotting the boat across the inlet on the south end of Wrightsville Beach, he paddled across on his surfboard, only to find that a waterproof pouch containing his wallet, cell phone and keys had been stolen.
He reported the theft at the Coast Guard station, which notified Wrightsville Beach Police Sgt. V. Blanton. After filing a report, Fulbright returned home and began canceling his credit cards, only to find out they had already been used four times and declined twice...
Police describe what happened next: “One of the cards he called to cancel had just been used within a few minutes,” said Detective C. Schwartz. After visiting the business in Carolina Beach where the card had been used, Fulbright obtained a description of the vehicle and a possible address for the subject. He then found the vehicle at the address, and a few minutes later, saw two men he identified as having been present on Masonboro Island earlier in the day...
Jonathan Garland Pate, 22, of Myrtle Beach, and Joshua Raine Bishop-O’Bannon, 20, of Wilmington, were arrested and charged with felony larceny, financial card theft, financial card fraud, two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses...
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