Carlton Dewey Seawell

HICKORY NC – Police arrested a Conover man after they said he used a hospitalized woman’s credit card in fraudulent transactions.

Carlton Dewey Seawell Jr., 30, of 4004 Herman Sipe Road, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and felony financial card fraud.

The victim, a 49-year-old Lenoir woman, was in Frye Regional Medical Center on Sept. 19, 2013, Aleia Burwell with the Hickory Police Department said. The woman’s boyfriend, who police do not believe was involved in the crime, took her purse home with her when he left her at the hospital. When the woman got home, she realized her wallet was missing from the purse.

The woman contacted police Sept. 22, Burwell said. Officers spoke with representatives at her bank, State Employees’ Credit Union, and found her card had been used in 13 unauthorized transactions totaling about $1,200.

The card was used at locations in Long View, Hildebran and Granite Falls, Burwell said.

Police checked surveillance images from ATMs and recognized the suspect as the person using the stolen card.

Seawell was served an indictment Thursday evening. He was held in the Catawba County Detention Facility with a $9,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was scheduled Friday in Superior Court in Newton.

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