A former University of West Georgia student was arrested Tuesday after he was caught stealing credit card information from other students, according to campus police.
Anthony Jenkins was charged with giving false information to a police officer, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of having a weapon on school property and criminal trespassing.
“This individual was a former student who had dropped out and was not a student this semester,” said UWG Police Chief Tom Saccenti. “We had a credit card fraud case on him so we were able to arrest him for that.”
Saccenti said stolen firearms were found in Jenkins’ possession while his room was being cleared out.
Saccenti said Jenkins was caught stealing credit card information from individuals who had credit card cases that stick to the back of cell phones. Jenkins would ask students to borrow their phones to make a call. Jenkins would take the credit card out of the phone pocket and then take a picture of the credit card.
‘If you keep your credit cards on the back of your phone you need to be careful when letting someone borrow your phone,” Saccenti said. “It should be the same as if you were to hand your wallet to someone -- ask yourself if you can trust them.”
Because campus police received reports of students who had inconsistencies on their credit card statements, they were able to track it back to Jenkins.