What would you buy with a stolen debit card?

Here's how Maryland State Police say a 19-year-old teen splurged on a weekend in May: "The accused paid for a vehicle emissions test, bought two female wigs, obtained a meal at a popular restaurant, purchased a guitar, some underwear and finished up with a $650 tab at a nightclub where he had partied with friends."

I'm dying to know what the wigs are for. Maybe we'll ge an answer at trial.

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The suspect was caught after a woman walked into the Forestville barrack in Prince George's County and complained that someone was using her debit card. The bank had called her to cancel the card after noticing a high number of unusual transactions.

A young trooper, Douglas Reiner, jumped on the case and found video surveillance tape that led him to a 19-year-old man named Rasheed A. Adedokum of Upshur Drive in Bladensburg. He's been charged with unlawful use of the card and theft.

But the trooper got more than thanks from the victim and her bank. He searched the suspect's house on Wednesday and police said he found a computer with a magnetic reader/writer, more than 80 credit cards and electronic files containing names, social security numbers and other personal information. Troopers also said they found other items they believe were purchased with other stolen cards, including a large flat-screen television, a DVD player, a Honda lawn mower and a weed-trimmer.

People walk into police stations all the time with complaints but this woman got help from a resourceful trooper whose hard work uncovered an alleged scheme that was far broader than one victim.

As state police spokesman Gregory M. Shipley told me, "We can see how much fun this guy had with one card over one weekend."

Here's the full state police press release:

Maryland State Police have charged a Prince George's County teenager with using a stolen debit card number to purchase items ranging from wigs to a night on the town, in an ongoing investigation that has turned up scores of credit cards and a computer with a magnetic reader and writer in the teen's home.

The accused is identified as Rasheed A. Adedokun, 19, of the 5100-block of Upshur Drive, Bladensburg, Md. He is charged at this time with five counts of unlawful use of a payment device number and one count of theft over $500. He is currently being held in the Prince George's County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

The investigation began in mid-May 2009, when a woman contacted a trooper at the Forestville Barracks and said her debit card had been cancelled by her bank due to a high number of weekend transactions that were unusual for her. Her debit card number had been used at the emissions testing station, a restaurant, a beauty shop, a nightclub and a department store.

The road patrol trooper from the Forestville Barracks began in immediate investigation that led to witness and video identification of the accused as the individual using the victim's debit card number during that weekend in May. The accused paid for a vehicle emissions test, bought two female wigs, obtained a meal at a popular restaurant, purchased a guitar, some underwear, and finished up with a $650 tab at a nightclub where he had partied with friends. 
 Evidence obtained during the investigation led to troopers obtaining an arrest warrant for the

accused and a search warrant for the residence where he lives with other tenants.  Troopers served the warrants yesterday and arrested Adedokun at his home. Troopers recovered a computer with a magnetic reader/writer, more than 80 credit cards, and electronic files believed to contain names, social security numbers and other information about individuals that would be used to produce additional fraudulent credit/debit cards.

Troopers also recovered a number of new items that are believed to have been purchased with other fraudulent cards. Items included two large flat-screen televisions, a DVD player, a Honda lawn mower, and a weed-trimmer.

This investigation is continuing. Troopers have already been in contact with the U.S. Postal Service Inspector's Office and other law enforcement agencies about this ongoing case.

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