Alleged credit card fraud suspect arrested at the Holyoke Mall

Police said the suspect had fake identification and various aliases

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested a man at the Holyoke Mall, Wednesday afternoon, for allegedly using fraudulent credit cards at Kay Jewelers.

According to Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert, the department received a report from the Holyoke Mall that a man, 29-year-old Leroy Sterling, allegedly bought items at the Kay Jewelers with fraudulent credit cards and then returned on Wednesday around 3:00 p.m.

When the officers arrived at the mall, they attempted to stop Sterling, but he allegedly resisted. Lt. Albert said the officers eventually arrested Sterling after a struggle in the Sears store; various store displays and property were damaged.

Lt. Albert said Sterling had fake identification and various aliases. Police had to use an electronic fingerprint system called “AFIS” to identify him.

Sterling was accused of buying about $3,000 worth of items from Kay Jewelers with fraudulent credit cards, Lt. Albert said. Sterling was charged with the following:

  • Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (2 Counts)
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Malicious Destruction of Property
  • Identity Fraud (2 Counts)
  • Improper Use of a Credit Card Over $250 (2 Counts)
  • Furnishing a False Name / Social Security Number

Lt. Albert said Sterling will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court on April 6th. Detectives are also investigating whether he was involved in another crimes at the Holyoke Mall.