Credit card theft leads New Hartford police to suspect in multiple investigations

Associated Press

New Hartford police arrested a man accused of stealing credit and debit cards from a vehicle and using them at various local businesses.

Posted: Apr 6, 2021 11:55 AM
Updated: Apr 6, 2021 12:22 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – New Hartford police arrested a man accused of stealing credit and debit cards from a vehicle and using them at various local businesses.

On March 11, police were called a business on Genesee Street after items were stolen from a vehicle parked in the parking lot. The vehicle owner told officers a black bag was taken, which contained credit and debit cards, a driver’s license, a U.S. passport and other personal items.

Over the next several days, police say the cards were used at multiple banks and businesses in the area.

Police were able to identify the suspect as 37-year-old Jonathan V. Evans, of New Hartford, who also had several outstanding warrants related to other investigations, and was wanted for questioning regarding personal checks that were stolen and forged.

Through a joint effort between Utica and New Hartford police units, Evans was found and arrested at a home in Utica on April 5.

He was charged with the following:

Felonies:

  • Three counts of first-degree identity theft
  • Three counts of second-degree forgery
  • Three counts of criminal possession of stolen property
  • One count of fourth-degree grand larceny
  • Ten counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument

Misdemeanors:

  • One count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
  • Two counts of petit larceny

Evans was processed and is being held at Oneida County Correctional Facility awaiting arraignment.

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