MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he stole credit cards from multiple vehicles and used them at local stores.
James Bowman, 56, of 76 Hillside Ave., was charged Thursday with three counts each of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card, and one count of theft of a credit card.
On Jan. 16, a Water Street resident reported his wallet was stolen from his vehicle and that his bank and credit cards had been used at several businesses, according to Bowman’s arrest warrant. The 11 transactions mostly ranged from $20 to $50, although one transaction at Walgreens totaled $114. Police viewed security video and identified Bowman as a suspect.
On Jan. 17, a woman on Camp Street reported her purse was stolen and her debit card was used at a local convenience store. Police viewed security video and identified Bowman as a suspect, the warrant said.
Police responded to Oak Street around 2 p.m. that same day for a report of a man going through a vehicle, the warrant said. Bowman attempted to flee and was taken into custody.
At the station Bowman told police he “only goes through unlocked cars,” the warrant said.
Bowman was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. The judge set bond at $9,000 and continued the cases to March 29.