A Raleigh man was arrested Wednesday night on warrants in which police in Raleigh, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Knightdale accused him of going on an $11,000 spending spree in March with credit-card information stolen from other people.
Benjamin Cassidy Hames, 20, of 5125 Wickham Road, was charged with eight counts of identity theft and two counts of trying to obtain property by false premises by pawning stolen property.
One of the latter two charges involved a $2,498 refrigerator that Knightdale police said he bought at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in their town. The other was an attempt to get cash for the bow two hours after he had bought it with stolen credit-card information in Cary, according to the charge by Raleigh police.
Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne said Hames’ name has come up in an ongoing investigation there.
The largest identity-theft charge involved $2,721 spent at Quality Equipment in Fuquay-Varina on March 24.
The smallest incident involved $159 charged at a Lowe’s store in Raleigh on March 24. Most of the purchases were at Lowe’s or Home Depot stores.
The charges in the four warrants that led to Wednesday’s arrest do not disclose where or how police believed Hames got the credit-card information that police said he used.
Raleigh police arrested Hames late Wednesday night at a house on Merwin Road. A magistrate set his bail on the charges at $180,000, and he was held for a Thursday court appearance.
Hames was arrested March 25 by Knightdale police on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense, on March 28 by Raleigh police on a charge of trying to obtain property by false pretenses and on April 18 by Wake County sheriff’s investigators on a charge of getting goods by false pretense.
Those three cases are the subject of a July 13 court appearance for which Hames is scheduled.