BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI -- Police say a fraud suspect had 13 credit cards and three IDs when they nabbed him at Tanger Outlets after he returned to a store for his admittedly fake ID.
Earl Jerome Wright III recently was indicted in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids on a charge of attempted access device fraud.
Wright was arrested Feb. 19 after he tried to purchase two necklaces at Kay Jewelers at the Tanger Outlets Mall on 84th Street.
The credit card he used did not work on the clerk's register, police wrote in an affidavit. Wright became agitated and left the store, leaving the card and an ID behind.
The clerk later called Wright to tell him that he forgot his ID. Wright allegedly replied that, not to worry because "he has plenty more of them."
The clerk then called police.
About two hours later, Wright ended up returning to the store in hopes of getting the ID back. Store officials called police and Kent County sheriff's deputies quickly responded and confronted Wright.
"When asked what ID he was looking to get back, he responded to the deputy with 'the fake ID I wanted back,'" police wrote.
Deputies soon after found that Wright was carrying 13 credit cards and three driver's licenses, all believed fraudulent.
Police determined that one of the cards had been used that same day at Banana Republic Factory He used one of the cards to charge $178. He tried to use it again at a Shinola store for $771 in purchases but it was denied.
When he was arrested Feb. 19, Wright already had a pending identity theft case in Kent County after he allegedly tried to purchase jewelry with a fraudulent credit card.
The D850 About Photography Know Everything Nikon To Need You Life Deputies, when they interviewed Wright at Tanger Outlets, asked him what he planned to do with the jewelry from Kay's if he had been successful.
His response: "Prolly sell them for money for my lawyer."