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Man Returns to Motel for Stolen Credit Cards, Police Say

August 5, 2014

By Alison Gene Smith, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

Aug. 05--TWIN FALLS -- A local man stole several lost credit cards, then lost them himself, but returned to a motel to get them back, police say. When motel staff noticed the name on the card was different than the name of their guest, they called police.

Justin James Russell, 22, of Twin Falls, was arraigned Friday on four counts of criminal possession of a financial transaction card. His bond was set at $25,000.

A manager at Motel 6 called police June 11 after becoming suspicious that a hotel guest had stolen credit cards.

According to the manager, Russell checked out of his room that day, then returned, telling motel staff he thought he left some credit cards in his room.

A housekeeper couldn't find the cards and Russell left. The housekeeper found the cards after a more thorough search of the room and turned them into the manager. That's when the manager realized the cards were under a different name and called police.

Police contacted the man whose name was on the cards and he said he lost his credit cards at Shoshone FallsJune 8. Whoever picked them up immediately started using them at casinos in Jackpot and at the Twin Falls


Police checked surveillance footage at Walmart and saw Russell making three purchases totaling $1,256, between June 8 and 9. On his fourth trip to the store, a cashier, who was suspicious of Russell, checked his ID and refused to let him buy anything with the cards.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 8.


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