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Gwinnett man suspected in Henry theft case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Gwinnett County man was being held in the Henry County Jail on $20,000 bond, after allegedly stealing a woman's credit card and using it at several area businesses, police said.

Robert Lewis Elder, Jr., 42, of Snellville, is charged with theft by taking, financial transaction card theft and two counts of financial transaction card fraud.

Henry County Police say the theft took place Aug. 18, at approximately 4:30 p.m., inside the Walmart at 1400 Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge. According to police Capt. Jason Bolton, Elder was walking behind the female victim while she was shopping, and took her wallet from her purse "without her knowledge."

"The victim did not know her wallet had been taken until she got to the register," said Bolton. "The offender left the store and went to several locations in the area and used the victim's credit card."

According to police, the fraud incidents were caught on surveillance tape at several unspecified locations. Bolton said authorities were then able to obtain a tag number from Elder's vehicle.

"The tag number was registered to a female at a residence in Snellville ... on a blue 2001 Ford Windstar," said Bolton. "Detectives went to the location and located the suspect's vehicle."

Henry Police detectives, Bolton said, secured a search warrant for the home, which they executed Thursday with assistance from the Snellville Police Department. Elder was apprehended and taken to the Henry County Jail.

He appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Elder's bond was set at $20,000, and the charges against him were bound over to Superior Court.