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Defendant Found Guilty In Movie Theater/Credit Card Theft Scheme

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A federal court jury in Hartford has found a Pennsylvania man guilty of credit card fraud and identity theft in a scheme involving movie theaters in Connecticut.

Sentencing for 49-year old Anthony Johnson was scheduled for January.

Prosecutors say in the scheme,  Johnson attended movies geared toward women. Entered the theater and sitting behind his intended victim,  crawling on the floor to remove the credit cards from her handbag during the film.

Police say he then produced fake driver’s licenses in the name of the credit card user,  substituting a photograph of his female accomplice.  They say in 2008,  Johnson stole credit cards from women in theaters in Colchester, Greenwich and Fairfield, producing fake licenses for two separate accomplices and charging tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise and gift cards, as well as cash advances.

Each of the women pleaded guilty to one count involving unauthorized use of the credit cards.  Both are awaiting sentencing.

The jury considered the case against Johnson for about two hours before returning with its guilty verdict.

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