Garner police charge man stole restaurant workers’ credit cards from purses

From staff reportsJanuary 21, 2014 

— Garner police arrested and charged a Raleigh man accused of stealing from Kick Back Jacks employees, along with a string of other crimes in the area. Meanwhile police are searching for three women who stole more than $900 in perfume.

Police filed 16 charges of larceny, identity theft and financial card theft against Kelvin Anthony Byam who had been arrested in Raleigh New Year's Day on a breaking and entering charge while on probation for a September conviction for larceny and breaking into cars.

Byam, 52, of 508 Grantland Drive in Raleigh, allegedly went into an area restaurant on Dec. 7, found and went through employees’ handbags and took several credit or debit cards and three wallets, police charged in arrest warrants served Thursday.

Police said he used some of the cards to make small purchases at a Staples store, a Zaxby’s restaurant and a McDonald’s, leading to charges of identity theft.

In addition, police charged him with a Dec. 15 larceny and two Christmas car break-ins at Denny’s on U.S. 401 just inside Garner’s corporate limits. That day he took phones, money, jewelry and a credit card.

Detectives also charged him with taking two of a woman’s credit cards in a Nov. 2 incident at Belk on U.S. 401.

Byam had been arrested Nov. 16 on an attempted larceny, and authorities filed a probation violation charge two days after his New Year’s arrest.

Byam was put on probation after convictions for misdemeanor larceny in 2006, 2008 and 2009, according to state correction department records.

He was being held Friday in lieu of $502,000 bail for a court appearance on the Garner charges.

Perfume theft

Police are also seeking three women who allegedly stole more than $900 in Ulta Beauty at the White Oak Crossing shopping center on Jan. 7 around 6:20 p.m.

Police posted a surveillance picture of the suspects and ask anyone with information regarding their identity or whereabouts to call 919-772-8810.

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