MANCHESTER - Police responding to Home Depot on Sunday arrested a Massachusetts man who now faces a felony forgery charge and a misdemeanor charge of theft by deception after he allegedly bought 14 spools of wire and a screwdriver using a fraudulent credit card.
According to police, loss prevention officers at the store called police after they observed Rayner Herrera, 43, of Methuen, Mass., after they observed him buying the items with a card they believed to be fake. Police Officer Lou Krawczyk investigated, and found that Herrera possessed nine credit cards that allegedly were counterfeit, as well as three Home Depot gift cards that are alleged to be fake.
Police said the cards - six Capital One cards, 2 American Express cards and a Discover card - appeared real, but would not show they were valid when swiped. According to police, the numbers, security codes and expiration dates all were valid, and would work if entered manually. Police said Krawzcyk was able to note discrepencies that established the cards as counterfeit upon closer examination.
Police allege that Herrera made similar recent purchases in Salem and possibly in Tewksbury, Mass.