David Harlow appears in court April 11, 2017, for his initial appearance on charges including theft of a credit card and taking the identity of another.
Maricopa County Superior Court

Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated when the date occurred. It happened March 29, 2017.

A Phoenix man was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges Tuesday after police say he stole a woman’s purse and credit card while on a date with her.

David Harlow, 38, had created an online dating profile using the pseudonym “Brad” and chatted with the identity-theft victim for a few weeks before setting up a date with her, Phoenix police said.

The two met on March 29 at a resort. During the date, the woman got up to use the restroom and allowed Harlow to watch her belongings, according to police. When she returned, he had left with her credit card and purse, police said.

The woman learned later that her card had been used at a casino and attempts were made to take money out of her account at various banks, police said.

Police investigators were able to identify Harlow as the suspect, and Sgt. Vincent Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department said Harlow had been a suspect in similar cases in the past.

Harlow was facing charges of theft, theft of a credit card, taking the identity of another and possession of a dangerous drug, police said.

Harlow was released on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Tuesday evening, court documents show.

Lewis gave tips to avoid identity theft:

  • “Thieves tend to be criminals of opportunity. We can avoid being victimized when we take those opportunities away.”
  • “In addition, trust is usually built over time and folks should be cognizant of this when a new relationship is forming.”

Republic reporter William Everett contributed to this article.

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