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Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 1:30 p.m.

Man pulled over for traffic stop had stolen credit cards, Ypsilanti police say

By Heidi Fenton

He was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, but after a man took out his wallet, and a police officer saw it contained credit cards in another person's name, the officer had reason to believe there was more to investigate, Ypsilanti Police Sgt. Troy Fulton said.

Fulton said the officer saw a car with a severely cracked windshield around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South Prospect Street and pulled the driver over for questioning. As the 26-year-old man reached in his wallet to pull out his driver’s license, the officer looking over his shoulder noticed credit cards in the wallet had a name that did not match the one on his license, Fulton said.

Upon furthering questioning, the man told the officer he found a wallet earlier that morning inside a planter near an Ypsilanti apartment complex.

“He admitted to the officer he was going to the store to use the credit cards,” Fulton said.

Police later tied the wallet in the planter to a larceny hours earlier in which a wallet was stolen from a car in the 700 block of Maus Avenue, Fulton said.

The man was taken into custody for possessing and attempting to use credit cards that were not his own.

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Fri, Jun 24, 2011 : 12:35 p.m.

Good police work, he just saved all credit card holders money. Cut his pay and benefits, right?


Fri, Jun 24, 2011 : 12:24 p.m.

I think the cop did the right thing. Everyone has been pulled over at least once. You know how easy it is to get your license out without flashing your wallet in the cop's face. Obviously, this man was doomed to failure. He should stick to obeying the law. I don't see the cop sticking his head through the window and staring over his shoulder which means the man was probably flopping his wallet all over the place.


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 8:15 p.m.

Dear please romove any post with one syllable words spelled incorrectly. Hey bigbud, the word is CHEAP.


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 11:11 p.m.

Good one, Ricebrnr.


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

Well good thing rEmove is two syllables


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

In my mind there's a fine line between observant and nosy. I'm not sure yet where I would put this.


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

So if a cop pulls over my wife And the CC in he purse are not in her name She is going to JAIL THANK YOU THANK YOU Bailing her out will be cheep The heck i catch will be PRICELESS


Thu, Jun 23, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

I guess i cepeled a word worn