Kemptville – On July 3, 2021, at approximately 2:41 p.m., the Grenville County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of an attempted fraudulent purchase from a retail store on Colonnade Drive, in the Municipality of North Grenville. Police were provided a description of the suspects and vehicle.
Police learned the suspects were attempting to make high-value purchases from multiple retail stores in the area using a “tap” payment feature on mobile phones. Police were told by multiple retailers that the suspects were unsuccessful with their transactions.
An officer attended the area and located the vehicle and one suspect in a parking lot. The suspect was detained and later arrested.
At approximately 8:21 p.m., the same officer located the second suspect in another parking lot off of Ryan Wells Drive. He was also arrested.
As a result of the investigation, Gennaro CARPENITO, 21 years of age, and Mendes DEMOSTHENE, 22 years of age, both of Montreal, Quebec, were charged with fraud under $5,000 (two counts each), contrary to Section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC). CARPENITO was also charged with CC 342(1)(c) – Possession of a credit card.
The accused were released and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville later in July, 2021.
Police also seized a quantity of cannabis, several mobile phones, and the vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
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