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Fayetteville pizzeria owner charged with identity theft

Posted May 7, 2009 4:03 p.m. EDT

— 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.