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May 23, 2016 10:28 AM

New York man busted trying to buy booze in Salem with 27 fake credit cards

SALEM - A New York man is charged with trying to use 27 fraudulent credit cards in one man's name to buy a large amount of alcohol at the state liquor store, police said.

Leon Harper, 33, of Manhattan, was arrested Saturday and charged with credit card fraud, theft by deception, and resisting arrest.

Police said employees at the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet, 92 Cluff Crossing Road, reported Harper was trying to make the purchase with numerous cards that were repeatedly declined. The employees indicated he had been at the liquor store in the last several weeks attempting to make a similar purchase.

As officers were speaking with employees, Harper was able to make a successful purchase and exited the store. When approached by police officers outside the store, Harper fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.

Police found Harper had 27 credit cards all in the name of "Keith Williams," as well as a fraudulent New Jersey driver's license in the same name.

He was to be arraigned this morning.

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