A Battle Creek area teenager was arrested last week after he allegedly stole cash and credit cards from another teen.

The Battle Creek Enquirer says that the 17-year-old victim from East Leroy had been working Thursday, with his car parked in the 5900 block of Beckley Rd, when his mother contacted him and said someone was using his credit cards. The teen discovered that he had left his car unlocked, and that three cards and some cash was missing.

The Battle Creek Police Department figured out that someone had used the stolen items at Walmart, as well as at two stores in Lakeview Square Mall, to the tune of $1,150. They identified the suspect from security footage, and a 17-year-old Springfield boy was arrested that same afternoon on charges of larceny from a vehicle and credit card fraud.

Depending on the dollar amount of the cash stolen, the larceny charge could carry a misdemeanor with up to 93 days in jail, or a felony with up to 5 years in jail. Similarly, depending on how much was spent on the credit cards, the fraud charge could carry a 93 day misdemeanor or a 5 year felony.

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