Two charged in debit and credit card fraud at Calgary post-secondary institutions
More charges are expected to be laid against the alleged thieves who targeted U of C, SAIT and MRU
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Calgary police have nabbed two alleged thieves who now face a total of 39 charges in relation to the theft of multiple debit and credit cards at Calgary’s three major post-secondary institutions.
The CPS investigation began back in March, after reports from multiple people that their credit and debit cards had been pinched from their wallet or purse.
The thefts occurred while the victims were in the University of Calgary library or campus locker rooms, and the cards were then used soon after the thefts to purchase items at nearby businesses.
In total, it’s alleged the suspects stole over 50 credit and debit cards in three months and fraudulently used them approximately 300 times.
Alexander Louis Harsanyi, 22, of Calgary, and Monica Rebalski, 22, of Calgary, are both charged with multiple counts of theft under $5,000 and fraud under $5,000. They will next appear in court on June 29.
Police are still working closely with the security teams at all three post-secondary institutions and nearby businesses to investigate these incidents.
More charges are pending.
Anyone with information on these thefts or frauds is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.