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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.


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.