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(Feb. 8, 2019) A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with a fraud and identity theft investigation spanning several months, the Town of Ocean City said on Jan. 31.

Tristin K. Haynes, of Teaneck, New Jersey, was charged with identity theft, theft, using a counterfeit credit card, and a theft scheme of $1,500 to under $25,000, according to the Town of Ocean City. He’s being held without bond.

Employees at an area hardware store reported fraudulent charges on Nov. 13, city officials said. The Ocean City Police Department began an investigation on Nov. 14.

A suspect, later identified as Haynes, allegedly charged approximately $1,500 to purchase several items with a fraudulent credit card. The items included power tools and gift cards.

An arrest warrant for Haynes’ arrest was issued on Dec. 11 and was served on him on Jan. 17.

Police alleged that Haynes and an accomplice were involved in similar situations fraudulent purchases at other hardware stores on the East Coast. The accomplice’s identity is unclear.

Haynes’ trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 4 in courtroom one at the Worcester County District Court on 65th Street in Ocean City.

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