A Lancaster City man is accused of using a credit card stolen from an Elizabethtown woman to try to make a purchase from a downtown Elizabethtown retailer and to try to pay a fine from an unrelated case.
Police announced on Friday, Sept. 1, that for Andrew C. Illingsworth, 24, of Rockland Street near Dauphin Street in Lancaster City, is charged with one third-degree felony count of access device fraud, two counts of second-degree misdemeanor access fraud, one count of first-degree misdemeanor identity theft and one count of third-degree misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property. Police said they had gotten an arrest warrant for Illingsworth, but he was still at large.
The credit card was in wallet that was reported stolen from a parked vehicle on Nov. 30, 2015; the police investigation spent months obtaining search warrants and court orders to identify Illingsworth as the suspect.
Elizabethtown Police Detective Matthew T. Shuey gave details about the investigation in a sworn statement filed in court. Shuey wrote that Officer Charles Zongilla went to a downtown retailer where an attempt had been made to use the stolen credit card and got surveillance video from the clerk of the man who tried to use it. After forwarding pictures from that video to other Elizabethtown police officers to see if anyone could recognize the man, Zongilla was given Illingsworth’s name.
Shuey wrote that on June 29, 2016, he spoke with a man who admitted he was with Illingsworth when he tried to use the credit card at the downtown retailer and that Illingsworth had told him the card was stolen.
Shuey wrote that he got corroborating evidence from a search warrant served on the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts on March 28, 2017, which showed how Illingsworth had used the electronic system to pay or attempt to pay fines from earlier, unrelated charges.
Court records show that previous charges against Illingsworth include an aggravated assault case in Lancaster City in January 2017 and an aggravated assault case in Oxford Township, Adams County, in 2011. The aggravated assault charge in Adams County was withdrawn as part of a plea bargain in which he pleaded guilty to simple assault. He is awaiting trial on the aggravated assault charge in Lancaster.