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Shawn Tyrell McDowell

Two charged with credit card fraud

By Brie Handgraaf

Rocky Mount Telegram

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Police arrested two people Saturday and charged them with using a stolen credit card to make more than $1,000 worth of purchases in less than 24 hours.

Shawn Tyrell McDowell, 29, of Hobgood was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, second-degree trespassing and forgery of an instrument.

He was jailed in Edgecombe County under a $25,000 secured bond.

Lexcis Breeauna Johnson, 20, of Tarboro was charged with obtaining property under false pretenses, second-degree trespassing and financial card theft.

She was issued a $7,500 unsecured bond.

Authorities said a 25-year-old man got into a motorcycle wreck Friday afternoon and reportedly lost his wallet.

Tarboro police Sgt. Al Braxton said the suspects took the victim’s wallet and used it to buy food, a PlayStation 4, pay a CenturyLink bill and make several online purchases.

“One of our officers was able to identify the suspects from surveillance video, and we arrested them pretty early on Saturday,” Braxton said.

Local law enforcement recovered the PlayStation 4 from the suspects.

Police reportedly are waiting for other merchandise purchased with the pilfered credit card to be returned as well.

McDowell is a convicted felon, and both suspects have a history of convictions for thefts, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety website.


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Praying for J. Hope he is going to be okay. Him, his family, and friends are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lost his wallet?

Not sure if that is accurate. The 25 year old in the motorcycle accident is my brother. He wasn't even in the ambulance by the time the first purchase was made on his credit card. These people saw my brother have an accident and decided to take his wallet instead of helping him. My brothers life threatening injuries have placed him in ICU. This is so much more than simple credit card theft.

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