Waynesboro man hit with identity theft, device fraud charges

19 December 2022- A Waynesboro man is looking at a series of misdemeanors after allegedly stealing a debit card and using it to get cash back. Christopher Allen Brittle is charged with two counts of misdemeanor identity theft, two counts of misdemeanor access device fraud, misdemeanor receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor theft. Brittle is behind bars after failing to post bail of $25,000.

On October 5th, a victim entered the Waynesboro Police Station to report the theft of her debit card and money from the associated account. That victim allegedly said that she left a debit card out when her friend and her friend’s boyfriend were over before failing to find it after she stepped outside. Soon after, two charges for a total of $182.78 were made at the Martin’s grocery store in Waynesboro.

WPD officers then allegedly contacted the staff at Martin’s, finding surveillance footage from the time of the alleged identity theft. Managers allegedly ID’ed Brittle on video, stating that he was a former employee and knew him. Transactions on the register allegedly show that Brittle bought a two candy bars before taking out $180 in cash back from the transaction. The card allegedly used in the transactions by Brittle was that of the victim.

Brittle failed to post bail and is in Franklin County Corrections on $25,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for January 31st.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39302-CR-0000406-2022, Incident Number: WPD-202209147