Orangetree man faces 21 charges of vehicle burglary and credit card fraud

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ORANGE

An Orangetree man in jail facing credit card fraud charges faced nearly two dozen other felony charges related to fraud and theft on Thursday.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, William Collins, 32, is facing 21 charges of fraud and theft in connection with a vehicle burglary in May. Detectives say Collins broke into a vehicle in a Bonita Springs community early on May 13. Several credit cards belonging to the victim were stolen from inside the vehicle.

By the time the victim discovered the theft, she was already receiving alerts from her banks of fraudulent use of her cards. One involved two Venmo transactions in which detectives say Collins attempted to transfer $350 to his account from the victim’s debit card. The victim’s cards were also used at Walmart, Lowe’s and Home Depot.

All business surveillance video shows Collins making numerous purchases with the victim’s cards, including a $900 gold necklace and matching bracelet and a $415 big-screen TV. Further investigation revealed that Collins had subsequently pawned the gold necklace and bracelet.

The CSO says Collins is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history for fraud in Collier County. He was already in the Collier County jail on similar charges when detectives served him with 21 new charges on Thursday. Detectives say additional charges are pending from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for the vehicle break-in.

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