Waterville man racks up $5,000 in charges on woman’s lost credit card, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 17, 2012, at 10:58 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A man with a criminal history racked up additional charges after he found a woman’s credit card at a gas station and purchased nearly $5,000 worth of items, police said Friday.

Chad Gilley, 38, of Waterville, who has assault and burglary convictions on his record, was arrested Wednesday. He told authorities he found a Clinton woman’s credit card at a local gas station late last week, Waterville police Sgt. Alan Main told the Bangor Daily News.

Main said Gilley used the card to buy food, a hotel room, and clothes, among other items.

The woman’s bank noticed the unusual activity on her credit card account. “The bank contacted her Monday with these numerous charges, verifying if everything was OK,” Main said.

The woman’s husband had last used the card on Feb. 10, and between then and Monday Gilley had charged the card 20 times, according to Main.

The woman subsequently contacted police, and Officer Jen Weaver launched an investigation, during which the victim showed police her bank statements.

After police spoke with employees at establishments where Gilley had used the card, Weaver went to the Econo Lodge on Kennedy Memorial Drive, where a clerk mentioned the person who had charged the card was still in a room, Main said.

Weaver attempted to make contact by knocking on the room but received no response. Weaver and two other officers used a hotel key to gain entry and discovered Gilley in the room with four children, ages 6 to 11, and a homeless woman, who is the mother of the children.

When Gilley was interviewed, he told Weaver where he had found the card, and that he had charged a candy bar to see if it would work, the sergeant said.

Gilley was arrested and the Department of Health and Human Services was called to pick up the woman and children and take them to a shelter.

Gilley was taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta and charged with felony theft and felony forgery. He also was wanted for failure to pay restitution and a hold by probation authorities, Main said.

Gilley faces up to five years behind bars if he is convicted.

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