Hampstead man charged with credit card theft and fraudulent charges

A Hampstead man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly took a credit card and completed 45 separate transactions without the owner's permission.

Kenneth Robert Shoemaker, 42, of the 4000 block of Gill Ave., was charged with five counts including theft between $1,500 and $25,000 and stealing another’s credit card. He was released on his own recognizance the same day, according to electronic court records.

According to the statement of charges, an officer of the Hampstead Police Department responded after a woman reported that fraudulent charges were made to her credit card between Jan. 11 and Feb. 5 totaling $3,384.64.

Police made contact with Shoemaker, who is known to the alleged victim, and he admitted to taking and using the card, according to the statement.

Shoemaker could not be reached for comment because he was being held on bail for unrelated charges Monday, according to electronic court records. A court date is scheduled for April 25.

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