Man arrested for auto break-ins and use of stolen credit cards

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with entering cars in Forsyth County and then using credit cards he had stolen to make purchases.

Charles Butterworth, of Dawsonville, was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of entering auto, three counts of financial card fraud, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects.

According to Investigator Mike Garrison, a car had been entered on July 27 at “Your Serve Tennis,” 2627 Peachtree Parkway.

Taken from the car was an iPhone, two wallets and credit cards.

That same day, the suspect made purchases at several Target stores and Lowe’s, totaling $2,027.83. An unauthorized purchase was made on a company credit card that was stolen from the car, which alerted the company and the owner that something was wrong.

On July 28, a car was entered at the CVS Pharmacy, 450 Peachtree Parkway while the owner had entered the store to make a purchase. The suspect took an iPhone 4, another phone and $900 worth of newly-purchased children’s clothing that were going to be donated.

During this theft, a authorities were able to secure a description and the car he had been driving.

On the morning of July 29, deputies tracked down the car at a home on Hulsey Road, just off of Trammel Road, in east Forsyth County.

“We identified the man at the residence as the person who had been entering the autos,” said Garrison. “After a search of the residence, several items were located that were taken from the vehicles and were purchased using the stolen credit cards.”

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said it is believed Butterworth is involved in entering auto cases and credit card fraud transactions in several other jurisdictions.

“This case is still active and ongoing,” Paxton said. “We are still identifying other potential victims.”

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