Man on probation arrested for using stolen credit card to purchase seven e-bikes

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kenyatta Bryant, 32, was arrested on Saturday and charged with grand theft after allegedly using a stolen credit card to purchase seven bikes from Chain Reaction.

On January 2, someone called the business from Bryant’s documented phone number and purchased two electric bikes for a total of $3,222.85. The bikes were later picked up, but the business owner reportedly said there was no surveillance video of the person picking up the bikes and nobody remembered who picked them up.

On January 4, someone called from a different phone number to purchase two more e-bikes, valued at $2,687.50, and used the same credit card that was used for the first two e-bikes. A man later came to the store to pick up the bikes.

On January 6, Bryant allegedly went to the business to purchase another e-bike, valued at $1,558.75, and used the same credit card. The owner reported that the person who picked it up was driving a white van, but he said the store was busy on both January 4 and January 6, so the store did not check the buyer’s identification before releasing the bikes.

After that purchase, the store owner began receiving notifications of chargebacks on the purchases for fraudulent credit card use.

On January 8, another phone purchase was made for two more e-bikes, valued at $3,599.98. The next day, Bryant allegedly went to Chain Reaction to pick up the bikes, and the store owner asked for Bryant’s identification because of the chargebacks. Bryant gave his ID to the store owner, but after the owner took a picture of the ID, Bryant reportedly grabbed it and ran out of the store. As he ran, he reportedly yelled, “I am only the driver.” The store owner said Bryant was driving the same white van, with a male passenger in the vehicle; he took a picture of the tag and reportedly said Bryant was the same person who had picked up the bikes on January 4 and purchased a bike in the store on January 6.

The stolen bikes are valued over $11,000; the report does not indicate whether any were recovered.

Bryant has been charged with grand theft over $5k and fraudulently obtaining property under $20k. He has three felony convictions (none violent) and five misdemeanor convictions (none violent) and has served two state prison sentences, with his most recent release in 2016. He is on probation for driving without a valid license and has also been charged with violating probation. Judge Sheree Lancaster set bail at $40,000.

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  • Hopefully the business lost money over this…what an awful business practice allowing alsomeone to buy thousands of dollars worth of goods over the phone, not checking an ID or anything! And then they make it sound like this guy just came in like a ghost and picked these bikes up and no one sees him. Lousy business!

    • Well, NO. Just did an online purchase from a CA company for over $3K . Same day shipping, and it is on the way. Never dealt with this company before

      • 1. That online business got a bank approval, BEFORE shipping.
        2. You had to provide billing info, besides card info.
        3.They shipped to a physical address, probably the same as the billing one.

        • 1. These businesses did have the credit card companies deposit the money in their accounts before the bikes were picked up.
          2. The buyers picked up the bikes from a physical address – and the bikes were paid for. The chargebacks occurred later- after pick up.
          3. An ID was photographed and that’s how the thieves were caught.

          If these bikes were ordered online through a small business’ website perhaps there could be one more layer of security, however the cost of maintaining a website with accurate info of inventory – for a business that doesn’t even provide shipping is kind of ridiculous.

  • I’d been questioning the first purchase when the dude come in looking like he’s got fungus growing in his nasty gross looking hair.

  • Family breeding. Father is a POS criminal. Kenyatta Jr. is just following the family business and family upbringing.

  • Totally preventable. Owners and management desperately need schooling in good business practices.

  • Here is the problem nowadays us cashiers don’t ask for I’d when some uses the credit card we just let it go through…but I have asked for identification at times and get cussed out and talk to like a dog so hence no asking for the id…..just keep your cards locked and this can be one way of preventing iy

    • I agree Justpassingby I’ve dealt with the same issues. But it’s one thing to not ask for ID at McDonald’s for an $8 order, or maybe even for a nite at a hotel that could run 75 bucks. This was for thousands of dollars. Maybe it would help to have a policy of any charges over $100 you always must see ID, or something around that ballpark.

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