Student charged in credit card theft

April 14, 1994

An 18-year-old junior at South Carroll High School who allegedly memorized a credit card number he overheard has been charged with several counts of theft.

Police said the theft was reported by a faculty member at the school who received a monthly statement from the credit card company with three unauthorized purchases. The teacher then notified state police.

An officer from the criminal investigation division of the Westminster barracks contacted the companies where the purchases were made to identify a suspect.

Police said the student admitted he obtained the credit card number by overhearing a teacher at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center provide the information over the telephone. The teacher is the spouse of the faculty member at South Carroll High School, police said.

Dennis Lee Townsend was charged with two counts of felony credit card theft, one count of theft over $300 and two counts of theft under $300 on Tuesday in a criminal summons, state police reported.

FIRE

* Mount Airy: Mount Airy firefighters assisted Howard County at a chimney fire in the 16500 block of Mullineaux Road on Wednesday. They were out for 30 minutes.

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