SHREWSBURY, Mass. — A Millbury man was charged Wednesday with stealing his friend’s credit cards and spending nearly $2,000 in two Shrewsbury establishments, Shrewsbury police say.
Daniel O’Malley, 43, of 185 West Main St., Millbury, was arraigned on Wednesday in Westborough District Court and charged with identity fraud, improper use of a credit card over $250 and improper use of a credit card under $250.
According to police, O’Malley drove his friend, James Ward, 47, of 34 Colonial Road, Holden, to a detox facility on Jan. 13, where Ward was recovering from alcohol and prescription medication abuse issues. Police say O’Malley had possession of Ward’s truck, as well as his wallet and cell phone, which Ward gave him for safe keeping.
On Jan. 14, police say, O’Malley, along with Matthew Manzello, 29, of 47 Edgewater Avenue, Apt. 2, Shrewsbury, went to the Home Depot on 530 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Court records state that he used Ward’s Home Depot credit card to purchase an electric dryer, a 10-amp reciprocal saw, a 6,800-watt generator, a 7.25-inch circular saw with a light, a pair of light performance gloves and a latex paintbrush for a total cost of $1,917.69.
In addition, court records state that O’Malley used another of Ward’s credit cards on Jan. 14 to make two transactions at Creative Nails and Spa on 50 Turnpike Road, Shrewsbury, for a total cost of $51.
Ward's wife reported the purchases to the Holden Police Department on Jan. 17 after she saw the bill online. Holden police later notified Shrewsbury police, who filed for an arrest warrant. At the time, Det. Paul Brown of the Shrewsbury Police Department noted that O’Malley was on probation in Worcester District Court, and has faced similar charges in the past.
O’Malley’s bail was set at $500. He is due back in court Aug. 9 for a pre-trial hearing.