DECATUR — A 33-year-old Chicago man and a 31-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, woman were arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday after police said they purchased more than $9,000 worth of merchandise with stolen credit card information.
They both face preliminary charges of identity theft and possession of stolen property, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. The man was held in the Macon County Jail without bond Friday, while jail records show the woman is free after posting $5,000 bond.
A signed police affidavit said Decatur police detectives pulled over a white box truck for failing to use a traffic signal as it traveled east on Interstate 72. The man was the truck's driver, the affidavit said, and provided a false name due to an identity theft warrant for which he was being sought in Will County.
The affidavit said detectives searched the truck's cargo area and found the following items:
- A $200 trimmer
- Four Frigidaire refrigerators valued at $3,200
- Two patio chairs valued at $344
- Two lawn mowers valued at $678
- Three 50-gallon water heaters valued at $1,548
- A $1,199 Samsung refrigerator
- A $279 washing machine base
- A $900 washing machine
The man and woman were interviewed by police separately, the affidavit said, and the man said he purchased credit card information on the "dark web" for $100. He told police that he is associated with a Chicago-based group and was ordered to drive the appliances to Chicago and turn the truck over to an unknown person there, the affidavit said.
The woman told police that she knew the credit card information was stolen, and that she picked up the merchandise from a Lowe's Home Improvement store, the affidavit said. The location of the Lowe's was not listed in the affidavit. The man said that both he and the woman were earning $300 each to transport the merchandise to Chicago, the affidavit said.
Both are due in court for arraignment on April 20, the affidavit said.