UPDATES: Florida man arrested after series of Chambersburg area smash-and-grabs

UPDATE (1:20pm): Fields’ co-defendant/accomplice, Brandi Lynn Albano, is now looking at additional charges of felony forgery and felony identity theft. Albano is facing an additional bail of $75,000, bringing her total bail to $125,000.

11 October 2023- It appears that a Florida man was the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a series of smash-and-grabs at Norlo Park and a Guilford Township business. Obrian Marques Javon Fields is charged with two counts of felony access device fraud, two misdemeanor counts of possession of an altered device, misdemeanor criminal mischief, and two misdemeanor counts of theft from a vehicle. Fields is behind bars on $100,000 bail.

On October 9th, Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were alerted to a reported theft from a vehicle in Norlo Park around 12 noon. The caller allegedly told dispatch that someone broke into her vehicle and took multiple items. When police met with the victim, she allegedly told them that her black and white Michael Kors purse and diaper bag were missing as a result of the theft. The purse had her license, insurance information, bank debit card, bank credit card, and no cash in it. The diaper bag, thankfully, only had clothes and diapers.

While police were talking to the victim, she got a call from her bank of a declined payment at a Biglerville Dollar General. That transaction totaled in at $1,009.90 but was quickly reported as fraud.

Speaking with two witnesses, police learned that the vehicle likely involved in the incident was a newer model Nissan Altima with tinted windows that was making a loud noise, likely due to something mechanically wrong with it. Additionally, the vehicle apparently had no registration plate on the back where it would normally be, only a black plastic rectangle.

Police were able to obtain information from the Dollar General that day, with them obtaining surveillance footage from the attempted transaction. They were also able to find out that the man tried to buy two $500 gift cards and pay for the activation fee. All three attempts by the man, with different credit and debit cards, apparently declined. The man then said he would try to grab his grandmother to figure it out but never returned.

As police were talking to the manager, the store received a phone call about a separate fraudulent transaction of the same amount. The caller was another victim who allegedly said their wallet was stolen from their vehicle parked at Lincoln Way Animal Hospital. Troopers were able to interview this victim, learning that multiple cards, including bank, gift cards, and a CashApp card, were all stolen. The CashApp was used to try to purchase something, again, valued at $1,009.90.

Video footage from the animal hospital showed a similar vehicle to the first incident; a silver Nissan Altima without a back license plate.

Around 12:30pm on October 10th, PSP Chambersburg Troopers were notified of a car matching the previous description attempting to cash fraudulent checks at banks in the borough of Chambersburg. When police located the car, it was trying to get onto I-81 in Guilford Township. A chase ensued, with police finally able to catch the vehicle using spike strips.

The car, driven by Brandi Albano of Philadelphia, had a passenger identified by his Florida drivers license as Obrian Marques Javon Fields. Fields allegedly matched the description of the man seen on multiple security cameras. Police say Fields advised them he wouldn’t speak about the incident.

Obrian Marques Javon Fields is behind bars on $100,000 bail. His alleged driver on the day of their arrests, Brandi Albano, is behind bars on $50,000 bail. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for October 17th for Albano and October 24th for Fields.

Docket Number: MJ-39305-CR-0000173-2023, Incident No.: PA 2023-1322204