Credit card thief caught in stolen truck

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 21, 2008 - A Forney man's greed and a store worker's close scrutiny landed him in jail Saturday morning after he and his stepdaughter were seen getting into a stolen truck. He was found to be in possession of several credit cards evidence indicated are connected with crimes spanning from Mesquite, Garland and Dallas to Mount Pleasant and Sulphur Springs.

Scotty Wayne Ussery, who also goes by Scotty Dees, was arrested at 10:32 a.m. Saturday on South Broadway Street on a Mesquite unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge as well as for credit card abuse. He was arraigned Sunday morning, and released from the county jail after securing $15,000 bond per charge.

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. William Mayeux and officer Brad Horton at 9:46 a.m. Saturday were dispatched to the 1700 block of South Broadway Street to check out a report of a possible scam involving credit cards being used at Tractor Supply Co.

Store personnel told police the suspect had recently attempted to on at least three occasions to use Wal-Mart credit cards at the farm store, but had been refused service when he denied having identification to prove his identity. While the suspect had left Tractor Supply Co. when police arrived, store personnel gave police a good description of the suspect as well as the vehicle he left in.

Police spotted the blue GMC Sierra in Lowe's parking lot, and notified staff there to be on the look out for the suspect.

Officers staged in the parking lot in hopes the man would return. Police didn't have to wait long. Lowe's staff alerted them a man fitting that description was at a check out stand readying to leave. The man and a girl soon walked out of the store and got in the truck. Officers detained them as the man started to pull out of the parking space.

The suspect, when asked, produced a driver's license stating his name to be Ussery. Police initially weren't certain that was his true ID, however, as a Texas offender card with the name Scott Dees was also found in his possession. When asked if he had a Wal-Mart Visa Card, Ussery indicated he actually had two or three in his possession. Officers noticed what appeared to be several more credit cards in in his checkbook as he retrieved the two requested card.

Ussery was questioned and eventually determined to have five of the cards altogether. A routine check of the vehicle identification number didn't match that observed on the truck, nor did the license plate. In fact, the truck was discovered to have been reported as stolen to Mesquite Police Department.

The 35-year-old Forney man also had a department store charge card that was issued in another man; it was found to have been reported to Garland officials as having been stolen during a home burglary. When asked why he had the cards, he told officers he used tax return funds to purchase prepaid cards in large sums.

Ussery was arrested for stealing the car and credit card abuse, and taken to jail. His stepdaughter was taken by Lt. Gina Lyles to the police station. The girl's mother, who lives in Dallas, was contacted and told to pick her elementary age daughter up from the police station.

An inventory of the pickup revealed yet more credit cards in the door and by the steering column. A receipt for April 15 from a Dallas parts store indicated equipment to have been purchased by someone who purported to be Scott Dees using a one of the cards which was later discovered to be invalid. One receipt showed the a card to have been used at a Kaufman liquor store and another card involved in an open case in Mount Pleasant was used at a fast food restaurant.

Whether Ussery faces charges in connection with the open cases in other cities will be up to officers there.

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