South Portland man arrested in string of credit info thefts

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Police on May 17 arrested a man suspected of several thefts and misuse of credit cards in greater Portland.

At about 6 p.m., Eric Merrill, 27, of South Portland, was arrested in the parking lot of the Best Western Hotel on Main Street on a warrant for theft and misuse of credit card information. Police later searched his hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express on Sable Oaks Drive, which resulted in additional theft charges.

Merrill’s tactic, police said in a press release, was to enter schools, office buildings and doctors’ offices to steal small electronic devices and credit cards. Police allege he used the pilfered credit account information to buy gift cards. 

The Portland Police Department located Merrill, assisted South Portland police with the arrest, and assisted with the drafting and service of the warrant.

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