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Police: Social Media Helps Catch Rehoboth Credit Card Fraud Suspect

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William B. Herd (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police) William B. Herd (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police)
Surveillance photo which was used to help identify Herd. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police) Surveillance photo which was used to help identify Herd. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police)
Another surveillance photo which was used to help identify Herd. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police) Another surveillance photo which was used to help identify Herd. (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police)
A surveillance photo of Herd's car (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police) A surveillance photo of Herd's car (Photo: Rehoboth Beach Police)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Social media has once again helped a local police department in catching a suspect. Rehoboth Beach police said late Wednesday that officers were able to make an arrest in a credit card fraud case thanks to the department's Facebook page.

Twenty-nine-year-old William B. Herd, of Felton, Del., was identified and arrested Wednesday on multiple charges in associated with a credit card fraud that happened last month, police said.

On Saturday, Feb. 20 the Rehoboth Beach Police Department said it took a report from a 65-year-old man stating that he believed his credit card had been stolen while eating at Salt Air Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach the prior evening between 8 and 9:30 p.m. The man reported that he realized the card was missing the next day at which time he contacted his credit card company, police said.  

The credit card company informed him that since the time the card was stolen, purchases had been made at five separate locations in Delaware and attempted at a sixth, according to police.  Police said purchases were made on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Camden Car Wash, the Camden Walmart, a Shore Stop in Felton, 7-Eleven in Rehoboth Beach, Jiffy Car Wash in Lewes, and a charge was unsuccessfully attempted at Milford Discount Liquors on Saturday, Feb. 20. The total amount of the purchases made was less than $100, police said.
 
In cooperation with the investigation, police said several of the businesses involved provided the investigator with video surveillance of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.  On Tuesday, Rehoboth Beach police released still photos obtained from the surveillance footage on Facebook.  Police said that thanks to information provided to the department by multiple followers of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department's Facebook page, Herd was identified as the suspect pictured in the photos.  Herd turned himself into the Rehoboth Beach Police on Wednesday, a day after the photos were posted, according to police.
 
Herd was arrested and charged with one count of felony identity theft, one count of felony theft, and six counts of misdemeanor unlawful use of a payment card, police said. Herd was arraigned out of the Justice of the Peace Court 2, issued an $11,000 unsecured bail and released. 

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