Bethlehem teenager charged with 236 counts of identity theft after cops find cell phone cache

An investigation into the fraudulent use of credit cards by a Bethlehem teenager to order food at a restaurant revealed a cache of personal information on 236 people stored on the teenager’s cell phone, according to police in the court records.

Tymel Elijah Terrell-Bolding, 19, of the 800 block of Hawthorne Road, was arrested Sunday on 236 counts of identity theft arising from the investigation. He was arraigned Sunday before District Judge Nick Englesson, who set the bond at $ 100,000. Court records show a surety posted bond on Terrell-Bolding’s behalf on Monday.

The case dates back to August 2019 and the charges were originally filed in May 2020. It was not immediately clear why more than 15 months had elapsed between the filing of the charges and the suspect’s arrest on Sunday.

Bethlehem Police have opened an investigation into credit cards fraudulently used to purchase food eight times at the same undisclosed restaurant between August 13, 2019 and September 2, 2019.

“Each of the eight orders were placed with different credit card numbers, however, they all used the same phone number and seven of the orders used the same customer name,” police said in court records. “Two of the three orders… marked for delivery were delivered to the defendant’s address. “

Investigators obtained a search warrant to seize Terrell-Bolding’s cell phone. On it, there were recorded images with personally identifiable information on 236 people, according to court records.

“This information included name, address, city, state, zip code, credit card number and CVV security code,” according to court records, which did not disclose the source. personal information.

The files did not mention a lawyer for Terrell-Bolding.

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