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Man faces additional charges after allegedly using woman’s credit card account to make purchases

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Aqwane Reeves | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — A man already in jail for an alleged violent robbery is now accused of using a woman’s credit account to buy items at local stores.

Aqwane Reeves, 30, is now charged with felony grand theft. According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by EastIdahoNews.com, Reeves allegedly used a woman’s credit card to make over $700 in purchases in August. Reeves was already behind bars after he allegedly attacked a 16-year-old boy to rob him of $46 just days before the alleged credit card theft.

The victim contacted officers after she went to pay her credit card bill and noticed several purchases on Aug. 27 and 28 that she did not make. One of them for over $600 at Best Buy, around $200 from different Walmarts and $1 at a gas station. The woman said she had the physical card with her and canceled it shortly after noticing the fraudulent charges.

Officers went to Best Buy on Aug. 29 to review the security camera footage. In the video, a Black man around 6’0″ tall weighing 190 lbs. purchased items matching those bought with the credit card. Police say the man set the items on the ground and began feeling his pockets as if he misplaced something.

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The man runs outside and returns to the store before allegedly using a credit card tied to the victim’s account. Another man is with him and the two were later seen on surveillance video at Walmart in Idaho Falls and Ammon making purchases with a blue Mastercard.

Police were able to match tattoo and vehicle photos on Reeves’ Facebook account to those of the theft suspect.

Reeves has been in jail on robbery and drug charges since September. He was charged with grand theft on Nov. 10.

It’s unclear how Reeves accessed the woman’s account with a card since she told police she had her card and it was not stolen.

Although Reeves is charged with a crime, it does not necessarily mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 25 at the Bonneville County Courthouse. If convicted, felony grand theft holds one to 14 years in prison.

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