Panhandler boosted income with an identity theft operation, Kingman Police say
KINGMAN - Kingman Police officers arrested a homeless man who allegedly used the money he acquired panhandling to finance a fairly sophisticated identity theft operation - and a drug habit.
Theodore Charles Lord, 60, was arrested last week after employees at a restaurant in the 900 block of W. Beale Street reported he used a bogus credit card to purchase a meal. Officers investigating the incident learned Lord is a suspect in several instances of using bad credit cards to purchase items in January.
They obtained a search warrant and searched Lord's room at a motel in the 3400 block of Andy Devine Avenue and allegedly found printers, embossers and blank credit cards.
Lord was taken into custody and a search allegedly revealed he possessed a number of credit cards and Social Security cards in other people's names, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Lord, according to KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, admitted to the crimes, telling officers he panhandles in Kingman to buy drugs and supplies for his fake credit card and identity theft operation.
Lord faces felony charges of fraudulent schemes, aggravated identity theft, forgery, credit card theft, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.