RI man charged in $5K shopping spree

Investigators allege purchases were made with stolen credit cards

Nashua police photo Alexis Gonzalez-Perez, 39, of 672 Prairie Ave, Providence, Rhode Island

NASHUA – A nearly two-month, multi-state investigation into an alleged credit card fraud ring that included fraudulent purchases at four Nashua retailers led to the arrest of a Rhode Island man on related felony charges.

Alexis Gonzalez-Perez, 39, of 672 Prairie Ave., Apt. 1, Providence, Rhode Island, was arraigned Tuesday in a Nashua courtroom on two counts of credit card fraud and one count of identity fraud, all felonies, and one count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor, accusing him of using stolen cards and fake supporting documents to purchase roughly $4,850 worth of merchandise at the four retailers, all on Daniel Webster Highway.

The largest purchase, according to police, was for $2,700 at Home Depot. The other victims were Lowe’s, CVS and Walgreens.

The misdemeanor offense accuses Gonzalez-Perez of taking possession of an $800 cellphone he knew, or should have known, had been stolen, according to police.

Gonzalez-Perez entered not guilty pleas, and a judge set bail at $10,000 cash or surety. It wasn’t immediately known if he was able to post bail.

A dispostional conference was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 5.

Police said they applied for, and were granted, a warrant for Gonzalez-Perez’s arrest on Nov. 7, after detectives spoke with representatives of the four stores and compared notes with law enforcement personnel in what they called “a combined investigation in numerous jurisdictions throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.”

The cards Gonzalez-Perez allegedly used had been stolen in what police believe is a theft ring targeting vehicles parked in residential areas, according to their reports.

Receiving word on Monday that Gonzalez-Perez had been arrested on a warrant, Nashua detectives traveled to Wakefield, Rhode Island, where he was being held, and transported him back to Nashua for Tuesday’s arraignment.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com, or @Telegraph_DeanS.