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Update – November 19, 2015
The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a New York City couple in connection with the multi-jurisdictional credit card fraud spree. Through the assistance of the community, officers were able to locate and identify the suspects who had set up their criminal operations at a Waynesboro hotel.
Khaleeq Taariq Fisher, 22 years old of Brooklyn, and Maranda Nicole Cooper, 21 years old of Staten Island, both face four felonies stemming from this past weekend’s crime spree. The break in the case came yesterday evening when officers were alerted by tipster who saw the story on local media outlets that the couple was staying at the Residence Inn in Waynesboro. Armed with a search warrant, officers searched the room and found evidence of credit card cloning and several thousand dollars’ worth of gift cards.
Both face the following charges:
• Credit Card Forgery (two counts) • Credit Card Theft• Credit Card Larceny
Fisher and Cooper are being held on $5,000 and $3,000 bonds, respectively, at Middle River Regional Jail.
The investigation is ongoing.
Previous Release - November 18, 2015
The Waynesboro Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to help identify two individuals involved in a credit card forgery and fraud spree. Over the weekend, the man and woman team racked up nearly $4,000 in purchases from stores in Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Albemarle County using a cloned credit card. The credit card information was stolen from a Waynesboro woman who alerted police when she discovered the bogus charges.
On November 17, 2015, the 36 year old victim reported that she had been notified about several unauthorized purchases on her credit card that had been made between November 14 and 16. The purchases were made in several area stores from Harrisonburg to Albemarle County including $2,400 in purchases at seven Waynesboro stores. The dates and stores visited by the suspects are as follow:
November 14, Charlottesville/Albemarle County
• Kroger• Harris Teeter• Game Stop, Barracks Road• Game Stop, Hollymead• Target
November 14, Waynesboro
• Target• Walmart
November 15, Waynesboro
• Plaza Azteca• Kroger, Arch Ave• Kroger, Lew Dewitt Blvd• Target• Martin’s• Home Depot• Walmart
November 16, Waynesboro
• Home Depot• Martin’s• Target
November 16, Harrisonburg
The suspects’ images were captured on several of the store’s surveillance systems. Both are African American. In several pictures, the suspects are seen pushing a baby stroller. The Police Department is hoping members of the community will recognize them and notify police.Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Officer Travis Kimmell with the Waynesboro Police Department at (540) 942-6675 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 322-2017. Information given to Crime Stoppers may be given anonymously. Callers with information that lead to an arrest in this case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.