TILTON — Thanks to an attentive hardware store employee, Tilton police arrested two men on Friday morning that they suspect to be part of an interstate identity fraud ring.
Police were alerted at around 9:50 a.m. on Friday by the Tilton Lowe's store, which had received a phone order to purchase and pick up several appliances. When a store employee attempted to confirm the purchase with the person whose name was on the credit card used to pay for the order, the victim said he was not in New Hampshire and had no idea about the phone order. When the men who placed the order showed up at the Lowe's, around noon, detectives and officers from the Tilton Police Department were prepared to greet them.
The suspects, Kyseem Hawkins, 22, and Charles Gibbs Jr., 23, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were driving a rented U-Haul van, and police said the men were found to have numerous gift cards and allegedly stolen credit card information in their possession. They were arrested on charges of identity fraud and criminal liability for the conduct of another.
Police suspect that Hawkins and Gibbs are part of a stolen identity and gift card ring that operates across several states. Victims of the suspected ring include residents from New Jersey to California, whose credit card information was used to purchase many thousands of dollars worth of appliances that were then returned to other stores in order to acquire gift cards.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact detectives at 603-286-4442.
Charles Gibbs Jr.