A 28-year-old Rockford man was arrested by Belvidere police Tuesday on two counts of identity theft.
Belvidere police began an investigation after seeing an increase in local identity thefts in December and January. Several victims reported fraudulent purchases on their credit and debit cards that were made locally.
A follow up investigation led police to execute a search warrant at a home in the 1800 block of Crestwood Avenue in Rockford. Police say they seized computer equipment, an electronic card writer, blank credit cards, receipts, drug paraphernalia, cannabis, and a vehicle in the search.
Investigators believe 28-year-old Curtis Peck, an assistant manager at the Belvidere Culver's, was getting credit and debit card numbers from customers while he worked the drive-thru window.
The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the thefts occurred over the last 60 days and affected over 80 people with a combined loss of several thousands of dollars.
Belvidere officers examined the seized computer on Thursday, and discovered a list of potential victims. They will contact each one.
Peck is currently charged with two counts of identity theft, but additional charges are expected. He was released from custody after posting $10,000 (10%) bond.
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