Man arrested for buying more than $100,000 in Amazon purchases using stolen phone

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 09:33:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man is behind bars for stealing someone's phone and then racking up tens of thousands of dollars on the victim's Amazon account. According to Antoine Coleman Jr.'s affidavit, he charged the victim's credit card for $138,680.76.

On May 12, 2018 the victim said he lost his phone at the McCabe Pub in Sylvan Park. By the next day, the victim noticed all of the credit card charges coming from his personal Amazon account.

Just one more day later, an Uber driver flagged down a Metro officer saying the man he was driving was fraudulently using another person's Uber account. It turned out to be the same victim's account. Police took Coleman into custody. He had a Canon camera that matched the same make and model as something bought from the victim's Amazon account.

During questioning, police say Coleman admitted to finding the phone on the ground and making Amazon purchases. Coleman was officially charged Wednesday with theft, credit card fraud and identity theft.