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Fayetteville pizzeria owner charged with identity theft

Posted May 7, 2009

— Fayetteville police detectives suspect the man they arrested Tuesday in as many as 163 cases of identity theft.

Mark Pinella, 37, was held in the Cumberland County Jail on charges of identity theft, obtaining property by false pretense and felony conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

Police suspect Pinella of stealing the identities of customers at a pizzeria he owned.
Police have identified 163 victims of identity theft and 50 cases of fraud. All of the victims had been customers at Dino’s Pizza, 6107 Yadkin Road.

Police urged people who had patronized Dino’s between January and May of this year to review their credit card and bank statements for suspicious charges.


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  • Professor May 8, 2009

    This man deserves 15 years in prison for stealing indentity of a person.

  • Blueboxinggloves May 8, 2009

    I wonder if the cops delivered Mr. Pinella to jail in 30 minutes or less?

  • dlb800 May 8, 2009

    The problem is that the person won't get serious punishment.

    I think the guy should go to prison for 30 years. In prison he should do hard labor in order to get food and water.

  • alx May 8, 2009

    The place always had good pizza

  • wcumom May 8, 2009

    Each time I read things like this,makes me glad I do not use debit cards or credit cards.Before I will even use my CC say at J.C.Penny's,I try to pick a cashier that does not look sketchy.Not full proof,but stereotyping has it's advantages at times.

  • SNUPE May 8, 2009

    Remember when raleigh had a Dino's Pizza! Man, those were the days... X-Large 1 topping for 6.99...

    **skipping down memory lane**

  • carolinagal78 May 8, 2009

    Scary to think of how many people you probably do business with in a day that would do this or have people working for them that would. I know I use my debit/visa card a lot and this sure makes me think.

  • boomylar May 8, 2009

    lol, he's a customer of ours yay.. lol

  • Rolling Along May 8, 2009

    Use Cash...can't steal you identity or your card number.