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Cops: Pair face a slew of felony charges in use of stolen credit cards

Richard Johannes, 22, left, and Gino Florian, 18, are charged multiple felonies in connection with the theft and use of stolen credit cards. Photos: Riverhead Police handouts

Two Riverhead men are facing multiple felony charges in connection with stolen credit cards.

Riverhead Town Police said Richard Johannes, 22, and Gino Florian, 18, are charged with grand larceny, identity theft and criminal possession of stolen property stemming from their possession and use of credit cards stolen from a Riverhead residence on June 20 and from a parked vehicle on July 14.

The burglary of a home on Fifth Street in Riverhead was reported to police on June 20. Credit cards stolen from the residence were subsequently used at several Riverhead businesses, police said. An investigation led to the arrest of Johannes and Florian on July 7.

Johannes was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree and one count of Identity Theft in the second degree, police said. Florian was charged with one count of Identity Theft in the second degree and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, according to the report. Both men were remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility and the investigation into the use of the credit cards continued.

Johannes was released from the jail on July 13. The next day, Riverhead police received a report of a pocketbook being stolen from a vehicle at 705 E. Main Street. An investigation by police led to the arrest of Johannes a short time later, police said. At the time of his arrest, Johannes was in possession of credit cards that had been in the victim’s pocketbook when it was stolen, according to the police report. Johannes was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree and Grand Larceny in the fourth degree.

The continuing investigation into the credit cards stolen in the burglary on June 20 resulted in eight additional felony charges. On July 14, Richard Johannes was charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, and four counts of Identity Theft in the second degree, police said.

Johannes was processed at Riverhead PD and held for arraignment, according to the report. Florian remains in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility and additional charges against him for the use of the credit cards from the burglary are anticipated, police said.

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