- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut police have arrested a man say they used a dead person’s credit card and identification to purchase about $100,000 worth of jewelry from stores around the state.

Wallingford police began investigating last week after getting reports of the purchases.

The New Haven Register (https://bit.ly/2qcab6J ) reports that Officer Michael Sterback was on patrol Monday when he saw a man walking who matched surveillance images and descriptions of the suspect.

Upon further investigation, the dead person’s credit card and ID were found in the man’s wallet.

Police arrested 29-year-old Anthony Ranko on credit card fraud, forgery and criminal impersonation charges. Police, who described Ranko as a transient, say he faces similar charges in Louisiana and Texas.

He was held on $300,000 bail pending arraignment Tuesday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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