BELFAST, Maine — A Rhode Island man was arrested for theft in connection with fraudulent credit card purchases of motor vehicles at out-of-state locations.
Peter Anjos, 20, of Pawtucket, R.I., was arrested April 24 in Belfast on a charge of theft by receiving. He was taken to Waldo County Jail and released on $5,000 cash bail three days later.
The investigation began when the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Du Page County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois about a customized 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer that was purchased in its jurisdiction for $23,724 using a fraudulent credit card.
When Detectives Matt Curtis and Merl Reed went to a residence on Station Street in Stockton Springs on April 24 they saw a vehicle fitting that description parked next to an outbuilding. A check of the vehicle’s identification number confirmed it was the car that had been bought in Illinois. Anjos, the property landlord, was located in Belfast later that day and placed under arrest.
The detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and, along with the Mitsubishi, seized a customized 2003 BMW M3, a customized 1995 Honda Civic and a 2002 Yamaha R1 motorcycle. The identification number on the BMW had been altered.
Chief Deputy Robert Keating said the investigation was continuing and that additional charges were expected. The class of the crime will be determined by the value of the vehicles involved, he noted. Detectives from Illinois and Rhode Island along with investigators from the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles are working on the case with the county detectives.