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Stolen bank card charged for $1K in 50 minutes

LAPLACE — A man who rang up more than $1,000 in fraudulent bank card charges two months ago turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office, admitting his crime, according to authorities.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said Thad Creecy, 46, of Evangeline Court in LaPlace identified himself April 8 to detectives as a man pictured in a video using the bank card.

“The detective arrested Thad Creecy and booked him with theft by fraud, forgery and identity theft,” Tregre said in a release.

Creecy remains in custody in lieu $15,000 bond and a Louisiana Probation and Parole hold. Creecy has been arrested 41 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since February 1986, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Office deputies first received a report of a lost or stolen wallet that contained the victim’s identification card, bankcard and cash on Feb. 14.

“A review of the victim’s bank card records from that day reflects that nine bank card purchases were made at four LaPlace stores between 5:32 and 6:42 p.m., totaling $1,097.10 prior to the card cancellation,” Tregre said.

In recorded video surveillance from one of the stores, two people are seen making a purchase with the bank card. The video was released April 7 along with a plea for the public’s assistance to identify the two people of interest in the video.

Creecy turned himself in the next day.

Authorities are searching for a second suspect, a female, as the investigation continues.