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Salem Twp. Couple Charged With Identity Theft

May 20, 2019

A Salem Twp. couple is facing charges alleging they fraudulently took out a credit card in another person’s name and racked up more than $2,300 in debt.

Ernest Earl Stonebraker Jr., 31, and his wife Theresa Stonebraker, 39, both of 67 Second Lane, Berwick, are accused of going on a three-day spending spree last month using a card issued under another person’s identity.

According to the complaint, the victim, Rebecca Souder, contacted police earlier this month and provided a PNC Bank statement showing she owed $2,356 in credit card debt. Souder told police she does not have an account with PNC and did not apply for a credit card with the bank, according to police.

The statement showed that between April 22 and April 24, someone had racked up $2,356 in debt by making ATM withdrawals as well as purchases at businesses including Dollar General, Turkey Hill, Petco and Walmart, according to the complaint.

Police went to the scene of one of the first purchases, at the Tractor Supply in Bloomsburg, and determined a $35.35 purchase made on April 22 appeared to have been made by the Stonebrakers along with an unidentified man, the charges say.

Police also put the Stonebrakers at the scene of a $323 purchase at the Walmart in Bloomsburg and identified Ernest Stonebraker as the person who used the card to make a $75 purchase at the Sunoco Gas Station in Millville, according to the complaint.

Police charged the Stonebrakers with 15 counts each of identity theft and one count each of theft, access device fraud and conspiracy to engage in identity theft.

They were expected to be arraigned later Monday.

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