Stop Thief! ATM Theft BUST In Cordova - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Stop Thief! ATM Theft BUST In Cordova

Cordova's James B. Smith, 7266 Bridgefield Dr., is finally in the custody of U.S. marshals.

Four victims, six debit cards and 11 months later.

Three inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested Smith after a grand jury indicted him on one count of debit card fraud.

Inspector A.J. "Bert" Cranor says a Stop Thief! segment last February led to information identifying Smith as the suspect. 

February 7, the Action News 5 Investigators aired SCAM CAM footage of Smith on Stop Thief!.  He was captured on camera four times at a Cordova Bank of America drive-up ATM and three times at a Memphis Area Teachers Credit Union (MATCU) walk-in ATM inside the Cordova Kroger, Germantown Parkway and Dexter.  

Cranor says Smith had stolen the credit identities of four people from California and obtained six debit cards in their names.  Cranor says Smith used the cards to withdraw $30,000 from their checking accounts in a 45-day period.

But someone who knows Smith was watching Stop Thief! that night.

"An anonymous person provided a tip, indicating who he was," says Cranor.  "The Stop Thief! segment identified Mr. Smith and gave us his whereabouts."

Below is one of the images of Smith captured at the MATCU ATM.

Smith is held on a $5,000 bond.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

If you are a victim of his type of identity theft, "You're Stuck..." with:

      $505 - the average loss per victim of identity theft

Help the Action News 5 Investigators and the Shelby County ALERT Squad...STOP THIEF!  Click here:

That's the ALERT home page.  At the bottom, you'll find a quick-link where you can send anonymous tips to ALERT's detectives.  They will protect your identity.

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