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Arrest made in Albany financial transaction card fraud case

Jarabi Antonio Thomas was identified as the individual wanted in connection to a card theft last month

ALBANY — Detectives from the Albany Police Department received a tip Friday that resulted in the arrest of an individual who was being sought in connection to a financial card theft case, officials with the APD said Monday.

Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said detectives received the tip from Terrell County Jail officials regarding the identity of an individual seen in surveillance video released to the media last week concerning a case in which a debit card reported stolen was being used multiple times at several Albany businesses. The suspect was identified as Jabari Antonio Thomas, and he was ultimately taken into custody at West Whitney Avenue and South Valencia Drive, Banks said Monday.

Thomas has been charged with one count of financial transaction card theft, ten counts of financial transaction card fraud and two counts of forgery in the first degree, Banks said.

Initial reports on the case indicate the theft was reported on Oct. 26, when the victim in the case said that her debit card had been used multiple times at several different businesses. Mobile Depot and Quick Cash Pawn were among the locations the card was used, both of which had surveillance video of the potential suspect.

The surveillance video released came from Quick Cash Pawn, Banks said.