1 million stolen identities found in backpack dropped when man fled police; 22-year-old sought (Trussville, AL)


Fred Collins Jr. (Trussville Police Department)

Authorities are searching for a 22-year-old Trussville man who fled from police during a search warrant earlier this month.

Trussville police officers were en route to carry out a narcotics search warrant on Cooks Moore Road when they spotted suspicious activity outside of the target location, said Det. Ben Short. During the execution of the warrant Fred Collins Jr. ignored verbal commands and fled on foot.

Collins was able to escape capture but dropped a bag while running from police. The bag contained what appeared to be a credit card encoding device along with blank cards containing magnetic strips. The bag also contained a notebook with identifying information along with a laptop, Short said,

A search warrant was obtained for the electronic devices within the bag. Trussville investigators who specialize in digital forensics imaged the device and discovered evidence that suggest that Collins was utilizing the dark web to purchase stolen identities.

Over 1 million identities – including email addresses/passwords, credit card numbers, and social security numbers- were observed on the laptop.

Collins said charged with trafficking in stolen identities and encoded data fraud. He remains at large. Once captured, his bond will be set at more than $1 million.

Short has this message from police to Collins: “We kindly request that you turn yourself in at the Trussville Police Department. Investigators wish to speak with you about the contents of your bag and the beginners guide to credit card fraud manual that was found within your property.”

Anyone with information on Collins’ whereabouts is asked to submit a crime tip via email at [email protected]. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.