A 61-year-old Helena man is charged with one count of deceptive practices after he allegedly broke into a vehicle, stole credit cards from the vehicle and used the stolen cards at businesses around of Helena.
On May 7, 2022, a Helena Police Department Sergeant investigated a report of property theft from a vehicle on the 2100 block of Last Chance Gulch. The theft took place the day before, on May 6.
Police alleged that Marc Morgan Newell stole and used credit cards that were in the vehicle at several Helena businesses.
The owner of the vehicle and credit cards saw CCTV footage of the suspect, but did not recognize Newell. Employees of companies where Newell frequently used credit cards recognized Newell.
The sergeant examined Newell’s driver’s license in Montana and identified him as the same suspect in each of the available surveillance videos of the fraudulent transactions. Newell used a stolen credit card at Murdoch’s, Hobby Lobby and Shoe Dept. for a total of $1,017.05 in charges, police said. He allegedly attempted to use another stolen card at TJ Maxx, but the fraudulent charge of $245.96 was denied, police said.
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Police allege Newell also used the stolen cards for gas, once at Zip-Trip gas station for $78.59 and twice at Phillips 66 Conoco 76 gas station for $78.59. of $230.56.
The total amount of property Newell obtained or attempted to obtain was $1,902.15, police said.
All are presumed innocent until proven guilty..