DELMAR, N.Y. – An alleged credit card bandit is in jail after a car search by police yielded stolen credit cards, disguises, and thousands of dollars in electronics.
The case has turned into a multi-county police effort. George Piha, of Romania, is accused of credit card thefts from Monroe, Erie, and Albany Counties.
“I’m not surprised, but I’m angry.”
“So long as we have people walking on earth, we will have honest and dishonest people.”
Police said Piha is responsible for a string of locker burglaries from three separate counties. The 50-year old was stopped by Bethlehem police for traffic violations. A subsequent search of his car found cut up credit cards and lock picking equipment. Officers also found $10,000 in Apple and Microsoft equipment they said was purchased within a 48-hour period.
One of the affected places was the YMCA in Delmar.
“Everything will stay right with me at the Y without a doubt,” Tiffany Poutanas said.
Poutanas was one of several members who said the arrest comes as a surprise in their “tight-knit community.”
“When we come as a family I usually leave my stuff in lockers and never think twice about it,” she said.
Some members said they were unaware of the incident.
“I didn’t see any kind of notification that this was happening. That would have been good.”
Bethlehem police said it is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to give them a call.
“Hopefully, people will just be smart and not steal things from people, you know. Hopeful, wishful thinking.”
NEWS10 ABC spoke with the YMCA supervisor, who declined to comment citing that it was an ongoing investigation. He said the gym’s surveillance assisted police in the arrest.