Last updated: August 22. 2014 5:24PM - 1410 Views
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A Middlesboro man was arrested on Friday after police say he fraudulently used a credit card.

Matthew Dewayne Griffith, 23, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card under $500 within a six-month period and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was also served a bench warrant for court.

According to the arrest citation, on June 25, Griffith fraudulently used a credit card belonging to Shannon Capps to make a purchase at Bill’s Market and BP Station in an attempt to defraud, deceive or injure another. Griffith also had a bench warrant for a failure to appear charge on Jan. 23 of this year.

Griffith is being held at the Bell County Detention Center with a $500 cash bond for the bench warrant charge and a $1,000 cash bond for the fraudulent use of a credit card charge. The investigating officer on the case is Officer Harvey Johnson of the Middlesboro Police Department.

In other police news, Shelia Jean Perez, 62, of Lafollette, Tenn., was arrested on Wednesday by Middlesboro Police Officer Josh Pratt and charged with theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to the arrest citation, Perez selected $57.02 worth of merchandise at Walmart, exited the store without paying for the items, and then tried to destroy or conceal the evidence in a truck next to the Coca-Cola plant to avoid prosecution.

The citation also states that Perez was in possession of white pills containing hydrocodone which were in a bottle belonging to a different person.

Perez was released from the detention center on Thursday.

Reina P. Cunningham can be reached at 606-302-9100 and on Twitter @ReinaMDN.

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