Multi-state stolen credit card investigation ends in Bloomington – 95.3 MNC


A multi-state crime spree ended after Bloomington police helped authorities capture a man wanted in connection with a stolen credit card investigation.

Detectives said on March 4, they received a report from three seniors at Redbud Hills Retirement Community in Bloomington that their credit cards had been stolen.

According to court documents, Markinious Hartfield, 43, disguised himself as a woman to gain entry to the nursing home.

All three seniors told police they briefly left the apartment and later realized their credit cards were being used at multiple Walmart locations in Indiana and Kentucky.

Detectives viewed Walmart surveillance to track the suspect and his vehicle.

Investigators then checked every police station in the United States looking for fake license plates. Authorities in Quincy, Illinois, are working on a similar case and are looking for the same suspect.

Indiana and Illinois are reportedly not the only states Hatfield is targeting.

Court documents show he had seven active arrest warrants in six states, targeting nursing homes in Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

The destination nursing home is owned by Holiday by Atria.

Authorities believe Hatfield focused on the nursing homes because “none of their facilities had surveillance systems.”

After months of investigation, Hatfield was arrested by Texas authorities on June 11 following a traffic stop.

Police said Hatfield's 40-page criminal history showed he had dozens of charges and convictions for burglary and financial crimes since 2006.

He is awaiting extradition back to Indiana to face charges.



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