(KMOV) –St. Louis County Police are investigating a case of identity theft involving one of their own detective’s credit card tied to a Penn State student.
Police say a the department-issued credit card for a St. Louis County Computer Detective was stolen and traced to an engineering student at Penn State University.
Authorities learned of this fraud in November when the detective was contacted by an online tire business.
The tire business representative called to confirm an order for a set of $900 tires.
That purchase was traced back to the student in Pennsylvania.
Police say the IP address used to place the order was connected to the student’s account in the Penn State Network.
St. Louis County Police sat the security protections they have in place worked.
Their county-issued credit cards prevent employees from making unrelated purchases. So when a tire purchase was made for a computer detective, it raised a red flag.
Police spokesperson Randy Vaughn said, “You just have to take precautions. Fortunately in this case, I’m quite certain that this guy didn’t know we had the number of our lead computer forensic examiner. It’s a situation where he accidentally tugged on Superman’s cape.”
There was no loss to the county taxpayer in this case. The fraudulent changes were removed.
Charges were issued this week against the Penn State student.
Police say it could be a while before the student is brought back to St. Louis. They believe he is tied to ID thefts in other states.