Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, working with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and United States Secret Service, have charged a suspect with the theft of three tractor-trailer loads of merchandise from a local manufacturer using stolen credit card information.
According to Investigator Patrick Murdock of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, a local manufacturer contacted authorities in late November in connection with the theft of merchandise purchased in September 2018 using stolen credit card information.
“At the time of the theft, the manufacturer did not report it to law enforcement,” Murdock said. “However, on Nov. 26, 2018, the manufacturer received a phone call from the same individual using the same fictitious name who was requesting to make another purchase of the product.
“When the male subject claiming to be with A&D Wood products called, the secretary of the local manufacturer recognized the name as being the individual who had made the fraudulent purchases in September,” he explained. “They pulled the September invoices that showed the person using the same name had made purchases with stolen credit card information.”
Murdock was assigned to begin an investigation into the theft, advising the manufacturer to go along with the caller to let him believe he had successfully obtained the merchandise he was attempting to fraudulently purchase. That caller, Murdock said, believed the merchandise would be delivered to Chicago.
During the course of his investigation, Murdock reached out to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division, who in turn requested assistance from the United States Secret Service field office in Chicago. Investigators ultimately were able to set up a controlled delivery in Chicago and had agents in place in Chicago when the person who had orchestrated the fraudulent purchases was scheduled to arrive to receive his money.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 30, Murdock was advised agents in Chicago successfully took down the male subject who was identified as Darrius Deandre Summeries. United States Secret Service Agents spoke to Summeries at length, and while interviewing him, Summeries had in his possession the cell phone he used to order the merchandise in Lincoln County.
Agents determined that Summeries is currently the focus of an investigation of credit card fraud in the Chicago area and has used stolen credit card information to obtain merchandise in numerous states.
On Tuesday of last week, a Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted Summeries on four counts of attempted theft $10,000-$60,000, six counts of theft $2,500-$10,000 and two counts of identity theft.
Local authorities expect to have Summeries extradited to Lincoln County in the near future.