Police: Stolen credit card used for meth ingredients

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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DURYEA — Police allege a man used a stolen credit card to buy items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Harley D. Wudarski, 38, was arraigned Wednesday in Luzerne County Central Court on charges he racked up more than $3,200 in purchases at Home Depot with the stolen credit card, buying tools and ingredients to cook methamphetamine.

Police discovered the alleged meth lab inside Wudarski’s bedroom and attic on McAlpine Street on Jan. 24 after he was arrested while driving a stolen vehicle, according to court records.

After Wudarski’s arrest, police received a complaint from a woman that her father’s CitiBank credit card was used without permission at the Home Depot from Dec. 5 to Dec. 31.

Police obtained receipts and surveillance pictures from the home improvement store in Wilkes-Barre showing Wudarski making purchases with the stolen card, according to a criminal complaint.

Wudarski also allegedly used the stolen card at Home Depot in Saint Clair in Schuylkill County and to purchase pre-paid gift cards.

During a flood emergency in Duryea on Jan. 24, police responded to the McAlpine Street residence where Wudarski stayed in a bedroom. While searching the room, police allegedly found salt, coffee filters and lithium batteries — all items commonly associated with meth production.

Lithium batteries were one of the things Wudarski purchased with the stolen credit card, police allege.

State Police removed numerous items used to manufacture meth from the residence, including a soda bottle with sludge in the attic.

Wudarski was charged with access device fraud and forgery. His bail was set at $15,000 on the latest charges.

Meanwhile, he remains jailed for lack of $35,000 total bail on the charges related to meth manufacturing and an unrelated theft count for the stolen vehicle.


By Ed Lewis

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