Two charged in credit card theft may be part of larger fraud ring

ROSEVILLE -- Police have charged two Detroit men for trying to buy more than $2,000 in goods with a stolen credit card, officials said today.

Police believe Reshaun Keith Palmer, 29, and Will Deshawn Lynn, 27 are part of a larger identity theft and credit card fraud ring and continue to investigate, Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said.

Palmer was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property, a four-year felony, and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, also a four-year felony, Berlin said.

Lynn was charged with credit card fraud, possession of stolen credit card, a four-year felony, and identity theft, also a four-year felony, officials said.

Police arrested Palmer and Lynn at about 8 p.m. Friday after the two suspects tried to buy $2,000 in merchandise from the Meijer store at 13 Mile and Little Mack.

The men were using a fake driver's license and a stolen American Express credit card, police said.

At the time of the attempted purchase, the suspects became suspicious when a store employee delayed the transaction to enable police officers to arrive.

The suspects fled and were spotted in a vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 94.

Police stopped the vehicle, were able to determine the occupants were the suspects they sought and arrested them. Police also recovered about $3,500 in merchandise purchased fraudulently from other retailers, Berlin said.

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Charles E. Ramirez / The Detroit News

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