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Groton police arrest NY man for multi-state credit card fraud

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GROTON – Police arrested a suspect they said stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in a multi-state credit card fraud scheme.

Police said the scheme targeted stores throughout the northeast and that they are looking for another suspect.

On Thursday at around 4:30 p.m., police responded to the Walmart store on Gold Star Highway in Groton.

Police said witnesses provided a description of the suspect and the getaway car, and that the suspect’s description matched a description of a person who is suspected of similar crimes throughout the northeast. The loss in those thefts is in excess of $300,000.

Police said they saw a car matching the one described speeding off from the scene. Police tried to stop the car and chased it into the Copp Property Dog Park parking area. The two people in the car took off into the woods.

Groton Police, along with police from Ledyard, Groton City, New London, Stonington, Waterford, the Connecticut State Police, and the Regional Community Enhancement Task Force helped in the search.

Groton Police sent out a reverse 911 call to area residence alerting them to the situation and requesting that they contact the police if they saw either suspect.

Kashif T. Louissaint, 24, of Brooklyn, NY, was found in the area of Route 117 and I-95, and arrested.

He was charged with fourth-degree criminal attempted larceny, criminal attempt of illegal use of a credit card and interfering with an officer.

Louissaint was also wanted by the FBI in Newark NJ, on wire fraud charges, and so was arrested for being a fugitive from justice.

Louissant is being held on $ 200,000 bail, and is due in court on Friday in New London.

Officers are still on the lookout for the second suspect.

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