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Gallatin police arrest identity theft suspects

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Konte Wheeler
Tyron Askew

Gallatin police have arrested two Michigan men they say are responsible for using stolen credit cards in five states in addition to Sumner County.

Investigators set up surveillance at the Food Lion on East Main Street after Police Chief Don Bandy received an anonymous tip Tuesday that the suspects had been seen using the stolen cards at local stores in Portland, according to a news release from the department.

The two men, identified as Konte Wheeler, 20, and Tyron Askew, 20, were later arrested in the parking lot of the Gallatin store as they tried to leave after attempting to make a fraudulent purchase.

Both men have been charged with identity theft and are being held in the Sumner County Jail on $51,000 bond each, according to police. They are also believed to have used stolen credit cards in at least five other states, which have resulted in multiple investigations across several jurisdictions.

Anyone with information related to the case or any other crimes that have occurred in Gallatin are asked to contact the Gallatin Police Department at 615-452-1313.

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