DECATUR — A Decatur man used someone else's debit card to make more than $5,000 in purchases he resold to buy drugs, police said.

A sworn affidavit said the debit card belonged to the father of the 59-year-old suspect's girlfriend, and he took it from her purse Oct. 10. She had been given the card by her 79-year-old father to pay for household expenses while she looked after his home because her father was away for medical reasons.

The affidavit said the suspect told police he had charged all the purchases in a day, and they ranged from motel room rentals to items purchased from stores and ATM withdrawals. The affidavit said the suspect met “unknown individuals” in the motel rooms to trade purchased items for cocaine.

The suspect was arrested Friday and jailed on a preliminary charge of aggravated identity theft.

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