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Police: Man used stolen credit card to buy, ship items to Vietnam

Viet Hoang Nguyen (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Viet Hoang Nguyen (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Some of the merchandise police say they seized at VIet Nyugen's apartment (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.) Some of the merchandise police say they seized at VIet Nyugen's apartment (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)
Detectives stack some of the merchandise police say they seized at VIet Nyugen's apartment (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.) Detectives stack some of the merchandise police say they seized at VIet Nyugen's apartment (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro man faces felony theft charges after police say he used a woman's credit card to purchase items online that he then sent to Vietnam.

Viet Nguyen, 20, is charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by receiving over $5,000.

According to the initial incident report, a Knoxville woman reported on Thursday that someone had used her credit card to purchase 3 Sony Playstations, valued at $1,081, that were being shipped to Jonesboro.

The woman provided a UPS tracking number to Sgt. Cassandra Brown, a detective with the Jonesboro Police Department, who learned the items would be delivered at 2 p.m. Thursday.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. a UPS driver delivered the suspected package to an apartment in the 2000-block of Cedar Heights. 

Once the driver left, Brown and Detectives Shay Racy and Lane Holmes went to the apartment with the person who signed for the package.

“He said he signed for the package but it was for his roommate, Viet Nguyen,” Brown wrote in her report.

The man then called Nguyen and asked him to come to the apartment.

When Nguyen and another roommate arrived, all three men agreed to go to the police department to speak with the detectives.

The two roommates reportedly told Brown that Nguyen had packages delivered to him at the apartment, repackaged them then sent them to someone else.

Brown then interviewed Nguyen who, after waiving his right to an attorney, “initially denied knowing he was doing anything he shouldn't be doing,” the report said.

But then he admitted he was receiving the packages of merchandise and sending it to “two guys in Vietnam,” Brown said.

Following the interview, Brown obtained a search warrant for the apartment where she “located numerous items that had been shipped” to Nguyen, the report said. Most of the items, Brown reported, were still in their shipping packaging, unopened.

Nguyen is currently being held in lieu of a $20,000 temporary bond awaiting a probable cause hearing on Monday, April 13.

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