A Perkins man is accused of taking a debit card number from a customer and using the stolen information to run up more than $860 in purchases.

Sonny Edward DeCastro, 31, is charged with identity theft. He is accused of using Maria Grados’ debit card number to make purchases at several local businesses. Grados told police she had possession of her card while the transactions took place, according to an affidavit filed at Payne County Courthouse.

An investigator’s affidavit contends that DeCastro told police he and his brothers and a cousin worked at The Tire Factory, 223 N. Boomer Rd.

But an assistant manager at the business said DeCastro was never employed at The Tire Factory. Assistant Manager Donato Lomboy said DeCastro used to work for a previous company before The Tire Factory took over, which Lomboy said was “well over a year ago.”

“We’ve never employed that man,” he said.

DeCastro allegedly told police he got Grados’ debit card number from his cousin and used the number on a Green Dot card he purchased at Walgreens, according to the investigator’s affidavit.

The affidavit states that Grados told police she brought her car to The Tire Factory on July 31. The man DeCastro identified as his cousin was listed on an invoice as the technician who worked on her car.

If convicted, DeCastro could face one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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