It’s for cases like these that credit card companies offer fraud protection. A guy was arrested in Chicago last month for being involved in a bar fight. While he was incarcerated for the night, a cop allegedly did his own holiday shopping using the cards confiscated from the person.
Here’s what was purchased:
* Gas from a Shell station near the police station.
* $350 at Target.
* $420 at Toys-R-Us.
* Back to the same Target for $351 on another card!
* $198 at PetSmart. (I guess the officer’s puppy wanted a Merry Christmas, too.)
* $260 back at Toys-R-Us.
All in all, it sounds like a nice shopping trip. He could have saved some money and gas by combining his purchases from each store so he wouldn’t have to backtrack so much. Justice has been playing out — it must be embarassing to be a police officer and be arrested by your own department.
Updated May 26, 2009 and originally published December 14, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.