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This surveillance photo released by police is of the suspect leaving the Walmart store in Longwood, Kennett Square, after attempting to make purchases with the victim’s credit cards.

WEST CHESTER—Police are looking for a man who stole credit cards from a vehicle and then tried to use them at several local businesses.

Police said that on Dec. 28 at 9 a.m., officers were called to the Audubon Manor apartment complex, in the 200 block of North Everhart Street, for a reported theft from a vehicle in the parking lot. The victim stated he received a fraud alert on his cell phone during the early morning hours regarding possible fraudulent purchases.

The victim immediately checked his vehicle and realized his credit cards were stolen some time over night. The credit cards were used locally at several locations.

Police have a surveillance video is of the suspect leaving the Walmart store in Kennett Square, after attempting to make purchases with the victim’s credit cards. Police ask anyone with information regarding the identity of the pictured suspect to call the west Chester Police at (610) 696-2700.

Police reports from across the region:

West Chester

Warrant arrest

On Dec. 20, 2at 1:17 p.m., West Chester Police Department stopped a vehicle in the 50 block of West Gay Street for traffic offenses. Operator Bryen Stewart, 43, of Middletown, Del. was found to have an active arrest warrant from Delaware State Police. Stewart was arrested without incident and transported to Chester County Prison

Kennett Square

DUI

On Dec. 28 at 11:26 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated by Daniel Hogan, after observing multiple traffic violations. The officer made contact with Hogan and observed several signs of impairment. Daniel Hogan was asked to perform multiple Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to which he failed to complete satisfactorily. Hogan was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance and then requested to submit to a chemical of his breath. The chemical test resulted in a reading of .138 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Hogan was transported for processing and later released at his residence. Charges of DUI and related offenses were then filed against Hogan.

DUI

On Dec. 17, 2018, officers were dispatched to an accident involving a vehicle which was traveling the wrong direction on East State Street and collided with another vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver, Stacie Wittke, and immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed signs of impairment. The officer asked if Wittke was injured and to step out of the vehicle to conduct a Field Sobriety Test. For Wittke’s safety and to refrain from injury the test was not completed at this time due to a high level of suspected intoxication. Wittke was taken into custody and transported to Chester County Hospital so a blood sample could be taken. Stacie Wittke was transported back to Kennett Square Police Department from Chester County Hospital and released to a friend. The blood sample was submitted for chemical analysis and returned with a .363 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration.

Terroristic threats

On Dec. 21, 2018, officers were dispatched for a disturbance by a Hispanic male in his twenties, at Victory Brewing Company, on West Cypress Street. The officer observed a male matching the description staggering down West Cypress Street and made contact with Carlos Pantoja-Duran. Pantoja-Duran was heavily intoxicated, and had slurred speech. Pantoja-Duran became argumentative and was taken into custody before he could potentially become combative. Carlos Pantoja-Duran made threats against the officers stating “I wish I had a gun because I would shoot you” in the presence of all of the officers. After being detained at the Kennett Square Police Department, Pantoja-Duran was transported to Central Booking located at the Chester County Prison where he was held for arraignment on terroristic threats and related charges.

Simple assault

On Dec. 23, 2018 at 9:05 p.m., officers received a call for a domestic disturbance with injuries from Chester County Police Radio. On location in the 600 Block of Linden Circle, the victim stated that he and Caitlin Fish had been arguing all day. The officer noticed visible signs of injuries including redness, broken skin and scratches on the victim’s neck, which were determined to be a result of the physical altercation between the victim and Fish. Caitlin Fish was taken into custody and transported to Central Booking located at the Chester County Prison for arraignment on the charge of simple assault.

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