Tennessee police say that a 15-year-old boy posed as a police officer to steal people’s credit card numbers, then racked up hundreds of dollars in charges for pizza and a house party.
The ninth-grader was charged with three felonies, including unauthorized use of a credit card. He was arrested on Thursday.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the boy created a fake officer named Capt. Tyrone Banks and used smartphone applications to find information on potential victims.
He claimed the victims’ card number had been stolen and that he needed to verify them. He was able to give the first four digits of one bank’s cards and asked the victims to give him the rest.
He then asked to verify their credit card numbers, playing a police scanner in the background during the phone conversations to give himself credibility.
Sheriff’s officials say the boy charged $500 worth of pizza; an $800 house party; and $874 to pay a friend’s utility bill.