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Cops: Riverhead man used stolen credit card to make purchases

A Riverhead man allegedly stole a woman’s pocketbook from her vehicle and used a credit card found inside to make multiple purchases at nearby stores, according to Riverhead Town police.

Police received a call at about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday to respond to B.J.’s Wholesale Club on Route 58 where a woman reported that her pocketbook had been stolen from her vehicle while she was shopping. Shortly after that report was made, the woman contacted police and said that she had been alerted to unauthorized purchases on a credit card that was inside the stolen pocketbook.

The purchases were at multiple locations, including the Riverhead Target. An investigation led officers to a suspect already known to police, 31-year-old Tarell Holloway. He was located at his home and arrested on one count of fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and one count of third degree identity theft, a misdemeanor, police said.

He was held for arraignment Thursday morning.

Mr. Holloway has a history of arrests, including felony grand larceny charges in connection with a car theft in 2014, according to prior reports.