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Two charged with stealing backpack at Dorney Park, spending $2,500 on victim's credit card

August 20, 2014

By Manuel Gamiz Jr., The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)



Aug. 20--Two men were charged with stealing a backpack from Dorney Park on Monday and using a credit card inside to run up more than $2,500 in charges at the amusement park, according to court records.

Ruben Ramirez, 20, of Allentown, and Jeremy Espinosa, 27, of Bronx, N.Y., were charged with access device fraud, forgery, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and several counts of criminal conspiracy.

They were arraigned by District Judge Rashid Santiago and were released after posting $5,000 bail each.

South Whitehall police were sent to Dorney Park at 5:47 p.m. Monday on a report of a stolen backpack that contained clothing, three beach towels, a credit card, $60 and two cellphones. The items were valued at $1,420, police said.

A security officer found the cellphones in Espinosa's backpack, according to court records, which did not say how he tracked the cellphones there. Security stopped Espinosa and Ramirez and found merchandise on them that had been bought with the backpack owner's credit card, according to court records.

The cardholder told police that her credit card was used at Dorney Park for $2,569.07, police said, with the user signing the woman's name. Police said Ramirez and Espinosa had receipts on them. They were also allegedly carrying marijuana on them.

-- Manuel Gamiz Jr.

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