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Students use stolen ID to make vending purchases

Andrew Hudson   ||   Jan 13, 2017  ||   ,

Three men at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have been arrested on allegations that they made numerous vending machine purchases with someone else’s student ID card.

According to a Bradford Era report, court records reveal that a student at the university reported her campus ID card lost when the zipper on her wallet ripped. Between the time the card was lost and the new one was activated, however, the student realized that someone had rung up $71.25 in vending charges.

Upon checking her account, the summary showed 51 purchases made at vending machines across six different campus buildings — 46 of which were made within a three-hour period.

Court records indicate that security camera footage shows two of the men in question using the stolen ID card to make the vending purchases, while the third can be seen pointing to items in the machine and pushing the "select" button at same times that records indicate the card being used.

According to court records all three men have been charged with access device fraud and conspiracy to commit access device fraud, both first-degree misdemeanors, along with theft of lost property, a second-degree misdemeanor. All three have been set free on $5,000 unsecured bail, and are scheduled to appear before a court later this month.

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