CARROLL COUNTY, Md., July 24 -- The Maryland State Police issued the following news release:
Maryland State Police have arrested a Harford County Fugitive who possessed two open warrants for theft scheme, credit card theft and using another's credit card without authorization. The warrants originated from Carroll County and Baltimore County.
The accused is identified as Bradley Lee Handy, 43, of the 600-block of Pier Drive, Edgewood, Maryland. Handy was arrested at about 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 by Trooper First Class Chris Heid (Westminster Barrack Warrant Section) after he received a tip of the fugitive's whereabouts in Edgewood, Md. Trooper First Class Heid spotted Handy at an Exxon Station on Route 24 and I-95 in Edgewood, Maryland and afterwards made the apprehension without incident. He is currently being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
The investigation began in April, 2006, when troopers learned from a Westminster victim that Handy was unable to pay the remainder of a limousine service bill. The primary portion of the bill was paid with credit from a New Jersey resident who had befriended Handy through the Internet. When this subject learned that her credit had been exhausted and she had been deceived by Handy she immediately ceased further payments on outstanding transactions, one of which was the limo service. Investigators, with the assistance of the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office, were able to pursue the theft from the limo service. Subsequently, an arrest warrant was issued for Handy who then absconded and ceased communications with the participants in this case. Investigators from the Westminster and Bel Air Barracks executed search warrants at the residence where Handy was residing and on vehicles he had been operating. Numerous documents which elude to possible aliases and other victims of credit card type offenses were recovered from these locations. The MO for the suspect was to meet female victims online (www.blackpeoplemeet.com) and the exploit them after gaining their trust. He would ultimately gain access to their credit card accounts and personal information and place significant charges on their accounts, sometimes without their knowledge. It is probable that this subject has victimized others in surrounding jurisdictions and has used aliases during the commission of these acts (AKA's: Jayson Murray, Lee Handy, Brian Handy, Bradshaw Handy, Preston Handy, Bradley Handy).
Investigators are urging others to contact the Maryland State Police, Westminster Barrack if they believe that they have been victimized by this individual. The investigation is continuing.
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