Grove City Police searching for man accused of attempting to use stolen debit card
The Grove City Police Department is currently on the lookout for a suspect accused of attempting to cash out money with a stolen debit card.
According to a Facebook post from Grove City PD, police are searching for 29-year-old Jerry Hobbs IV who is charged with Access Device Fraud, Receiving Stolen Property, Identity Theft and Theft By Deception.
Police say Hobbs was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on January 24, but never showed up and still has not been located.
According to a criminal complaint, these charges stem from an incident in October of 2023 when a woman reported that three vehicles parked in her driveway had been entered overnight and her purse and a backpack were stolen out of them.
Police located the backpack in a nearby dumpster which contained several wallets and other items typically found in vehicles. In addition to the female victim's wallet, another woman's wallet was found in the backpack as well.
Police got in touch with the other woman who told officers that her Grove City Area Credit Union (GCACU) debit card had been stolen and an attempted draft of $300 from her GCACU bank account was made at a Huntington bank.
Further investigation led police to security video at the Huntington Bank where a male, later identified as Hobbs was seen attempting to make the withdrawal.
When Hobbs was interviewed by police, police say he admitted to possessing and using the stolen debit card, but denied being on video attempting to use it. Hobbs told police he had gotten the card from "a long-haired crackpot."
Police say Hobbs further revealed that he went to a Sheetz, so video was requested from there which police say shows Hobbs attempting to use the card at an ATM machine there.
If you see Hobbs or know of his whereabouts, you're asked to call the Grove City Police Department at 724-458-7925 or Mercer County Dispatch at 724-662-6110.