CAMDEN — A Camden man was arrested over the weekend after using a stolen debit card he claimed someone gave him to purchase items he needed because he was “down on his luck.”
Harold Paul Huffman, 34, Camden, was charged with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; forgery, a fifth-degree felony; petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor and misuse of credit cards, a first-degree misdemeanor.
On Sunday, July 16, Camden Police Officer David Stemp was dispatched to the Camden Crossing BP gas station on a report of a customer whose credit card had been stolen and used inside the station. The victim reported he had used card on July 15 at the ATM located on the outside of the First National Bank in the village. “He believes he dropped his card near the ATM with noticing,” Stemp reported. On Sunday, the victim noticed charges he did not recognize on his debit account.
The charges ranged from a Paypal transfer to “huffmanpaul,” to purchases at Boost Mobile, Camden IGA and Camden Crossing.
A review of security camera footage at the IGA showed an individual the store employee recognized as the person in question, and the individual entered the store while Stemp was present. The suspect, identified as Harold Paul Huffman, said he received the debit card from a man at the Whiskey Bar who said he was the person whose name was on the card. Huffman alleged the man gave him the card to make some purchases so he could “get back on his feet.” He said after he made the transfer and purchases, he returned the card to the gentleman he described as “older, stocky gentleman with gray hair.”
“I advised Huffman that regardless of how he obtained the credit card, it had been stolen and used illegally,” Stemp reported.
According to court documents, Stemp did not locate the credit card on Huffman. Huffman remained incarcerated at the Preble County Jail at press time.
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