Man Used Police Officer's Card to Buy iPad, Prosecutors Say

By Emily Morris on May 12, 2013 4:56pm 

 Brandon Barker, 31, of the 1400 block of West 73rd Place, was charged with felony identity theft.
Brandon Barker, 31, of the 1400 block of West 73rd Place, was charged with felony identity theft.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Call it iDentity theft.

Prosecutors say an Englewood man looking for a technology upgrade used a debit car belonging to a Chicago cop to buy an iPad Mini in April at a Southwest Side electronics store.

Brandon E. Barker, of the 1400 block of West 73rd Place, appeared in court on Sunday after he was charged with felony identity theft.

On April 3, Barker bought an iPad Mini worth about $470 using a Visa gift card at an h.h. Gregg electronics store at Ford City Mall, 7455 S. Cicero Ave., according to prosecutors and court documents.

Authorities discovered that the card belonged to a Chicago police officer, prosecutors said.

A witness from the mall identified Barker as the man who bought the tablet, and he was arrested on Saturday, according to court documents.

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