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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-346

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 13, 2019
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    Tampa man arrested for credit card fraud

    A Tampa man is facing charges after using a counterfeit credit card to buy smoothies in Brandon.


    Carl Emanuel Thomas
    Black Male
    DOB: 09/07/1976

    Just before noon on June 3, Carl Emanuel Thomas,43, entered the Tropical Smoothie Caf located at 11011 Causeway Boulevard in Brandon and used a counterfeit credit card to conduct two separate transactions ($12.24 and $4.10).

    The elderly victim whose name was on the card was unknown to Thomas. She did not realize her identity had been stolen until after the incident.

    A warrant was issued for the arrest of Carl Thomas. On Thursday, September 12, he was located and arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Thomas faces two charges: Fraudulent use of Personal Information of an Elderly Person and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card.
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