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Man charged with fraudulent use of debit card, theft

Man charged with fraudulent use of debit card, theft
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A Taneytown man is charged with credit card theft and related offenses for allegedly using a friend's debit card at Westminster stores without permission.

Pedro Alejandro Ayala, 21, of the 100 block of Carnival Drive, was charged with theft of less than $100, attempted theft of less than $100, credit card fraud, credit card theft, identity fraud and use of a stolen credit card, according to electronic court files.

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He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, according to the files.

A warrant was issued for Ayala on Aug. 17, according to charging documents. He was arrested on Wednesday.

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A Carroll County Sheriff's deputy was contacted on July 19 regarding a theft and met with the victim, who said that on July 17 she took Ayala and a friend to the Walmart in Westminster and dropped them off. She returned home and discovered that her debit card was missing, according to the documents.

The victim said that her card was used twice at the Walmart then at the Westminster Food Lion, according to the documents.

The deputy viewed surveillance footage from Walmart in which a man matching Ayala's description purchased cigars and attempted to get cash back from the transaction, which was denied because he did not know the personal identification number for the account, according to the documents.

Footage also showed the man purchase food from the McDonald's inside the Walmart, according to the documents.

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Surveillance footage from Food Lion also showed the man using the card to make a small purchase, according to the documents.

Receipts showed that the card's user supplied a false date of birth for at least one of the purchases, according to the documents.

Ayala was also charged with motor vehicle theft in July, according to electronic court files.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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