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August 9, 2012

Stolen debit card suspect out on bail

DUNCAN — A Duncan man facing charges of possession of a stolen credit card turned himself into authorities Tuesday, four days after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest on Friday.

According to the affidavit filed in Stephens County District Court, Ryan Steven Kern, 22, was wanted in connection to the alleged theft and use of a debit card taken from the Chisholm Corner gas station located at the intersection of N. U.S. Highway 81 and Plato, where Kern was employed.

On July 12, a woman reported her Halliburton Employee’s Federal Credit Union debit card was stolen and multiple charges were made to it. The affidavit noted charges were made at Taco Bell, at a Redbox movie rental unit and at a Chisholm Corner gas station. More than $248 in charges were made across six purchases, with three of them coming from a Chisholm Corner gas station.

The affidavit said that the victim alleges the clerk gave her a receipt but did not give back her card and she did not notice it was missing until later.

She then contacted the owner of the Chisholm Corner chain, Brent Bostick who reviewed video footage from the store. Bostick identified Kern as the employee who took the card.

Bostick also provided video footage to Officer Holly Atkinson of the card being used at another Chisholm Corner, at U.S. Hwy 81 and Main St.. An employee of the N. U.S. Hwy 81 and Plato location identified Kern as the individual using the card, noted the district court affidavit.

On July 13, Kern came to the Duncan Police Department for an interview and after being read the Miranda warning and waiving his rights, he spoke with Officer Atkinson and denied using the two debit/credit cards he took from his place of employment.

In the affidavit, Kern said he threw the cards out of his vehicle in front of Tractor Supply, at 1520 W. Plato (which is next to the Chisholm Corner where he was employed) and that he did not use the cards anywhere. Kern said he was scared after taking them and denies using the cards to make purchases.

Kerns is out of Stephens County Jail on a $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 10.

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