Tips From Public Help Identify Credit Card Fraud Suspect

Thanks to tips from the public, Clayton Police were able to identify and arrest a suspect in a recent credit card fraud scam.

29-year-old Mohammed Hashem Sider off the 300 block of Stallings Street in Clayton was jailed on a $30,000 secured bond on August 14.  Surveillance photos of the suspect were shared with local media and on Clayton police social media and led to someone calling police with his identification. Sider was contacted by police and turned himself in.

He’s accused of stealing a $400 laptop and spending almost $1,200 at the Clayton Walmart using someone else’s credit card.

A woman called Clayton Police on July 15th to report that someone had made three fraudulent purchases using her debit card at the Walmart at 805 Town Centre Blvd.  She thinks she may have dropped the card after shopping in Walmart on July 13th. When the strange charges showed up two days later, she immediately contacted her bank and then police.

The credit card had been used for $450.89 in purchases on the morning of July 13th, then again shortly afterward for $336.85 and then about an hour later for $408.62. The purchases included an X-box and several video games. Later surveillance video showed the same suspect attempting to use the self-check-out to purchase a $400 Chromebook and then failing to scan or pay with the card and simply walking out of the store with the laptop in a bag. After each of the transactions, the man was seen on video leaving the Walmart and getting into a silver minivan.