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Wanted man in custody after vehicle break-ins, credit card fraud

May 9, 2014

Aiken Standard, S.C.

May 10--A man wanted by police in connection to a series of vehicle break-ins and for allegedly using stolen credit cards is in custody.

Christopher Griffin, 20, of Aiken, was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at 1:50 a.m. on Friday and booked on one warrant for breaking into a motor vehicle, two warrants for financial transaction card theft, three warrants for financial transaction card fraud and two bench warrants, according to Capt. Eric M. Abdullah.

Griffin was identified by investigators as one of the men suspected of using a stolen credit card at the Wal-Mart and BP gas station located on Whiskey Road.

The credit card belonged to a victim in one of several vehicle break-ins that occurred on April 23 and 24 in the Sage Creek subdivision in Graniteville. The suspects stole various items from vehicles, according to the sheriff's office.

Shortly after the car break-ins, the suspects tried to purchase several items with a stolen credit card at about 3:30 a.m. on April 24. Griffin was identified as one of those suspects, police said.

Griffin was arrested by the Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the New Ellenton Police Department. His arrest came after deputies were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Long Creek Drive in Aiken after receiving a tip that Griffin was there, Abdullah said. Griffin surrendered himself to police at the home, according to Abdullah.

Griffin has been booked into the Aiken County detention center.


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