Tilton police: Two arrested in what appears to be nationwide ID theft ringBy KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
January 12. 2018 6:56PM
TILTON — Local police believe they’ve helped crack a national identity theft ring after arresting two Philadelphia men outside the Tilton Lowe's store, waiting to cart away plenty of stolen merchandise Thursday.
Store officials first reported to Tilton police Thursday morning that a large phone pick-up order of some appliances appeared to be fraudulent. They told police the person with the credit card who had placed the order from outside New Hampshire denied having anything to do with the purchase.
About noon time, police said the men arrived at the store, located at 49 Lowes Drive, in a rented U-Haul van to pick up the order.
Inside the van, police recovered numerous gift cards with stolen credit card information and a large number of stolen identities.
Police officials said this appeared to be a stolen identity and gift card theft ring that moved from state to state.
Tilton detectives decided this was sufficient evidence to arrest the two in the van on charges of identify fraud and criminal liability for another.
Kyseem Tyhee Hawkins, 22, and Charles Roshek Gibbs Jr., 23, both of Philadelphia, were arraigned Friday at Belknap County Superior Court Friday. They each remain held on $50,000 cash bail.
Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said a search uncovered many victims from New Jersey to California and the theft clearly amounted to thousands of dollars in many states.
“I could easily see 50 or 60 victims on the list,” Cormier said.
The U-Haul van with Arizona plates was impounded as evidence and the case remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this matter or these men is urged to call the Tilton police detectives at 286-8207, ext. 210, or 286-4442.