Warrants Issued for Pair of Men Wanted for Stealing Wallets, Using Credit Cards

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Watertown Police issued warrants for a pair of men suspected of stealing wallets from a local gym, and using the credit cards fraudulently.

A man from Boston and a Malden man each face multiple charges related to using credit cards that were reported stolen from lockers at Boston Sports Club in Watertown on Jan. 4 and 5, 2019, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.

“Detectives investigating the case were able to compile surveillance video,” O’Connor said. “They were able to identify two people involved.”

The suspects were identified as Michael Richards, 59, of Boston, and Norman O’Donnell, 55, of Malden.

One of the wallets, taken on Jan. 4, contained $100 in cash and credit cards. Shortly after discovering his wallet was gone that, the owner was notified that his credit card had been used. The suspect charged $296.25 at a store in Allston, $167.96 in Boston, and twice in Watertown at Best Buy: one for $6.29 and one for $211.44, O’Connor said. Two more attempts to use the card were denied, one for $2831.23 and one for $3187.50.

The owner of the wallet stolen on Jan. 5 discovered his card had been used in Everett for $486.62 and in Medford for $205.95, O’Connor said. It was also declined in Saugus for $201.50 and in Everett for $2,767.49.

Arrest warrants were issued by Waltham District Court for both Richards and O’Donnell. Each face the following charges: one count of breaking and entering into a depository, two counts of improper use of a credit card under $1,200, two counts of improper use of a credit card over $1,200, two counts of improperly receiving a credit card, and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

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