Williamsport, Pa. — A man who used a stolen credit card to buy pizza and wings was identified by a police officer who was at the pizza place at the time of the robbery, charges allege.
Philip Trent Coleman, 32, shook hands and spoke briefly to Williamsport officer Andrew Stevens as Coleman waited to pick up a large pizza and order of chicken wings from Long Island Pizza on Hepburn Street on March 8 around 6:30 p.m.
Stevens was unaware that Coleman was using a stolen card at the time. Just an hour earlier, victim Eric Smeal had received a notification from American Express, saying his card had been declined for $45 at a Family Dollar on Memorial Avenue.
Smeal had not realized he had lost his wallet and credit cards before the alert, he told police.
Smeal checked his American Express account and saw that it would have been used to buy a $5 bottle of E&J Brandy at Fine Wine & Good Spirits on Hepburn Street and $30 worth of food at Long Island Pizza next door.
Coleman also tried to use the card to purchase several packs of Newport cigarettes and wrappers of Game cigars, but were denied, according to arrest documents. He was able to purchase a single pack of cigarettes and cigar wrappers for a total of $12.
When Stevens was called to investigate the robbery, he recognized Coleman from the liquor store surveillance video and his previous encounter at the pizzeria, records show.
Coleman, of Hepburn Street, was charged with forgery and four counts of access device fraud and receiving stolen property.