Crime

North County man accused of shopping spree with other people's credit cards

Clothing, DVDs and vaping equipment were seized by Paso Robles police during the investigation.
Clothing, DVDs and vaping equipment were seized by Paso Robles police during the investigation. Courtesy of the Paso Robles Police Department

Paso Robles police on Thursday arrested a Heritage Ranch man suspected of bilking people across the country out of about $5,000 by fraudulently using their credit cards to purchase clothes and DVDs.

The Paso Robles Police Department said in a news release that over the last several months it had received numerous reports of credit card fraud from police departments in 11 states. The departments reported that the illegally purchased merchandise was being shipped to Paso Robles. The alleged victims lived as far away as Florida and New York.

Paso Robles detectives identified Christopher James Sprague, 31, as a suspect and obtained warrants to search his home and mailbox at a UPS Store.

They searched his home in the 4000 block of Blue Lupine Lane in unincorporated San Luis Obispo County and allegedly found about $5,000 in stolen property and credit card information from 39 people across the U.S.

Sprague was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, as well as theft and illegally accessing card information. He remained in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail Friday morning.

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