Sturbridge police arrest three for theft, credit card fraud at Cracker Barrell

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STURBRIDGE — Sturbridge police officers responded to a theft report Thursday afternoon at Cracker Barrell, 215 Charlton Road, after a woman’s wallet was stolen from her purse.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:53 p.m. when the victim called 911 stating that patrons at the table behind her had taken her wallet.

Officers at the scene quickly viewed surveillance footage, obtained a description of the suspects, and broadcasted it to units in the area.

Shortly thereafter, the victim received a notification that her credit card was being used at the nearby Walmart on Charlton Road.

A Sturbridge officer, monitoring the area, spotted a vehicle leaving Hobbs Brook Plaza with two men inside matching the suspects’ descriptions.

The vehicle’s license plate was found to be intentionally obscured with wet paper towels.

After stopping the vehicle, a roadside investigation led to the arrest of three men: a 23-year-old from Virginia, a 31-year-old, and a 47-year-old, both from New York.

Police recovered multiple gift cards and the stolen wallet from the vehicle.

The men face charges including larceny, receiving stolen property, credit card misuse, and conspiracy.

Additionally, the Virginia man is charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and concealment of a motor vehicle’s identity.

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