Suspect tries to commit same crime at same place, gets caught

TUPELO – Sharp memories foiled a Texas man who allegedly tried to make a high-dollar jewelry purchase using someone else’s identity.
Robbie L. Hollingsworth, 45, of Houston was arrested Thursday after allegedly attempting to use a false Social Security number to buy more than $9,000 worth of jewelry from Reed’s Jewelry store in The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
According to mall General Manager Jeff Snyder, Hollingsworth did the same thing Dec. 12, 2008, at the same store. Hollingsworth was not arrested last year.
Snyder said that in this week’s incident, employees at the store recognized the man and realized his new identification didn’t match up with what he used the previous year.
“This arrest was a result of the teamwork of the mall, retailers and the Tupelo Police Department,” said Snyder. “This guy thought no one would remember him, but we track incidences that happened at the mall by the person who committed the offense and by the incident itself. That hard work by everyone is why this guy is in jail.”
Hollingsworth is charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of social security information. His bond was set at $100,000.
Detective Scott Floyd said Hollingsworth has no ties to the area and he and three other men were here just to commit this crime. The other suspects fled the scene, but Floyd said two have been identified and police expect to make more arrests.
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