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HOBART — Several tips about the identity of a credit card fraud suspect and his whereabouts led police to a Lakes of the Four Seasons man Wednesday, according to Lake Criminal Court records.

Jeffrey A. Nelson, 29, was charged Thursday with level 6 felony fraud and level 6 felony attempted fraud.

Hobart police spoke with a couple Sept. 19 who reported someone break into their vehicle overnight and they received an alert that morning of possible fraudulent activity on their credit card, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Nelson is accused of attempting to use one of the couple's credit cards at a gas station in the 3200 block of East 81st Avenue, records show.

The first card was declined, but Nelson used another card to make two purchases totaling more then $200, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained surveillance images from the gas station of a man suspected of using the stolen credit card and released them to The Times.

Within an hour, police received a tip that the suspect was Nelson, court records state. Police received another tip Wednesday that Nelson was at a Lakes of the Four Seasons home, according to the affidavit.

Hobart officers went to the home and took Nelson into custody.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.