On Friday, 4/7/2023, just after 10:00AM, The Sulphur Springs Police Department responded to the Atwoods off of Gilmer Dr. for reports of an employee reportedly taking pictures of Managements credit and debit cards, and using them.
Sulphur Springs made contact with the caller, who advised the officers they believed an employee had removed a debit card/credit card(s) from managements purse and taking photos of them.
Officers reviewed security footage which shows the male employee, removing cards from the managers purse, taking pictures of the cards, then placing them back inside.
Sulphur Springs Police Officers made contact with the suspect, identified from booking reports as Micah Hopson of Sulphur Springs. Hopson was read his rights, agreeing to speak with officers about the incident. Hopson admitted to taking photos of the cards, and using them approx. two times.
Hopson was then placed into custody, transported and booked into the Hopkins County Detention Center on chargers of:
- CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD ABUSE
Hopson remained booked into the Hopkins County Detention Center at the time of this write up.
In Texas, Credit Card Or Debit Card Abuse is labeled a felony by the Texas legislature. Generally, credit card abuse is a state jail felony, punishable by a term in prison of not less than 180 days and not more than 2 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000, if found guilty. However, if the prosecutor can prove that the credit card abuse was committed against an elderly individual, the charge can be filed as a 3rd degree felony, punishable by a term in prison of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.