Charges dismissed for one in card-skimming case
One of three people charged in an alleged card-skimming scheme in March had his charges dismissed, according to court records.
Tyrone Pegram, 28, of York City, had been charged with access device fraud, unlawful device-making equipment and possession of an instrument to commit crime.
On Monday, District Judge David C. Eshbach deemed there was not enough evidence against Pegram for him to face a trial in the Court of Common Pleas, according to his attorney.
"There was really no evidence whatsoever that ties him to this scheme other than his presence," Diana Spurlin, Pegram's attorney, said Wednesday afternoon. She said her client had no knowledge of the alleged scheme.
Charged with the same offenses were Diandra Alexis Santana, 26, of 43 S. Penn St. Apt. 3, York City, and David Carmichael Williams, 33, of 3022 Mackenzi Lane, North Codorus Township. Eshbach determined there is enough evidence for those two to proceed to trial, according to online court records.
The background: In the early morning hours of March 3, a Northern York County Regional Police officer pulled over a maroon Chevrolet Trailblazer heading south on Carlisle Road in Dover Township, police said.
After noticing a marijuana smell coming from the car and seeing Williams trying to throw an alleged "marijuana cigarette" out the window, the officer searched the car, and police say blank credit cards and a skimming device were found.
Williams denied any knowledge of the device and cards, saying they were in the car when he got in and he had no idea who it belonged to, police said.
An employee at a nearby Rutter's told the officer the trio had been in the store and tried buying cigarettes, but one of Santana's cards was denied, documents state. The store employee said Santana used another card and successfully bought the cigarettes, police said. The employee also said she remembered Santana being at the store as recently as Feb. 27, when she purchased multiple cartons of cigarettes, according to charging documents.
Pegram, who initially told the officer his name was Dajani Harris, denied knowing about the cards, saying he was sleeping the whole time and did not remember going to Rutter's, police said.
When the officer was speaking with Santana, she immediately said she and Williams have been going from store to store for "at least six months," purchasing cigarettes, documents state. She said she got $17.50 per carton and that Williams made the cards they used, police said.
While running Pegram through a database, the officer found Pegram had lied about his name, documents state. Pegram told police he did not know about the fraud, according to police. He did not answer anything about giving a wrong name, charging documents allege. Spurlin, Pegram's attorney, said there was not enough evidence to prove that.
Santana and Williams remain in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. Their formal arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 2 in front of Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder.
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