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Feb 25, 2015 9:01 PM

Third time the charm for Concord, Mass., credit card thief


CONCORD, Mass. - The Concord (Mass.) Police Department, with help from the public, arrested a credit card thief.

Pablo Rafael Rivera, 32 of Worcester was arrested after employees at the Beede Center Gym recognized him as the person who walked into the gym on two previous instances and walked out with credit and debit cards belonging to gym members.

Police Chief O'Conner said, "This case is a clear example of the effectiveness of the Concord Police working together with the community. I am pleased that the employees maintained a high degree of vigilance and called police immediately upon this suspect's return."

When Rivera was arrested, he had in his possession a credit card belonging to one of the members.

The Concord police said that on Feb. 11 and again on Feb. 19, that Rivera entered the Beede Center. On Feb. 11, he allegedly stole a victim's debit card, located the personal identification number, and withdrew more than $3,000 from ATMs. He also went to jewelry stores in Leominster and purchased more than $8,000 worth of merchandise.

On Feb. 19, he again came into the gym, and stole another card. He used the card at multiple stores in the Natick Mall and on Newbury Street in Boston.

Rivera faces 27 charges.
From the Feb. 11 incident, he is charged with:
• Larceny from a Building
• Laceny over $250
• Identity Fraud (Seven Counts)
• Receiving Stolen Property Under $250
• Attempt to Commit a Crime (Five Counts)
From the Feb. 19 incident, he is charged with:
• Larceny over $250
• Larceny of a Credit Card
• Receiving Money Improperly from a Credit Card, Under $250 (Five Counts)
• Identity Fraud (Four Counts)


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