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Suspect Arrested for Card Fraud, Drug Charges

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

A local man is facing several charges after he allegedly rented a room using a stolen credit card.

On Sunday, officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to Motel 6 on Lafayette Parkway in reference to reports of financial transaction card fraud.

Officers arrived and made contact with the complainant, who stated she lost her Visa card the previous day and noticed that some charges had been made with the card after she lost it.

The card was fraudulently used at Motel 6, so officers spoke with the motel manager, who confirmed the card had been used by a subject named British Cook to rent a room earlier in the morning.

Police then made contact with Cook, who claimed that he did not pay for the room and that a friend paid for it instead, despite the manager identifying him as the subject who used the card.

During a search of the motel room for the stolen card, police located a bag containing a glass smoking pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue. Police say Cook admitted the pipe was his, but claimed he does not use it and only rents it out for others to smoke with so he can make money.

Police were unable to locate the stolen bank card.

Cook was later arrested and charged with Financial Transaction Card Fraud and Possession of Drug related Object.

After being taken to jail, Cook was search and found to be in possession of a small bag of suspected methamphetamine hidden inside one of his socks.

As a result, Cook, age 30, was booked into the Troup County Jail charged with Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Possession of Drug related Object, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Crossing the Guard Line with Contraband.

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