Caught In The Act: Two charged in scheme to use stolen applications to get credit cards


    Two men now face federal charges after they were accused of using stolen identities to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores across Central Ohio. (Courtesy: Worthington Police)

    Two men now face federal charges after they were accused of using stolen identities to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores across Central Ohio.

    Kevin Noralis and Kenny Decius, both 33, were arrested December at a Dublin motel by Worthington Police after detectives say the two men stole credit card applications from people's mailboxes to receive fraudulent credit cards.

    "They would apply for credit cards and once they would ship to the address, they would take the credit cards from the mailboxes, before the victims knew credit cards were applied for."" said Worthington Police Detective Gary Swenson.

    Authorities say the two men were captured on surveillance cameras inside stores across Central Ohio for months, buying expensive merchandise. But the shopping spree ended shortly before Christmas when Worthington Police tracked the two men to a Dublin motel.

    "They were preparing to change motels that day," said Swenson, "Just in time."

    Inside a storage facility police say they discovered stolen mail, and expensive merchandise that included electronics, jewelry, shoes, and beer. Police say the two men are from Haiti and are tied to a theft ring based out of Miami.

    "Without those photos, had no way to tell which guys were staying at which hotels," said Swenson.

    Police say the two men now face federal charges in connection with the identity thefts and are out on bond awaiting trial.

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