Here is information you never want to read…but is important to know…according to the Howard County Police Department Daily Crime Bulletin on Thursday, March 21, 2019:

Credit card fraud arrest
Police were alerted to suspicious activity at the McDonald’s in the 7200 block of Cradlerock Way in Columbia. The investigation revealed that an employee working the drive thru was stealing customers’ credit card information and using it to make various purchases. In all, police discovered that 14 people had their information stolen and used fraudulently. The suspect, a 16-year-old male from Columbia, was charged with multiple counts of theft.

Here is a map of that location:

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So it is the McDonald’s near Giant Foods, Sonoma’s Bar and Grill and the Owen Brown Interfaith Center…just to give some context to the location.

If you have visited that McDonalds recently and used your credit card…you might want to give your credit card statements a quick review…just in case.


Scott E