CANYON CITY - John Day police concluded a six-month investigation into a reported credit card fraud with the arrest of a 21-year-old Canyon City man at approximately 7:09 p.m. on Monday, March 24, at the HUD Housing Complex located at 4020 Patterson Drive.

Officers reported the warrant and arrest stemmed from an investigation begun by the Grant County Sheriff's Office in September 2002.

At that time, Iron Triangle owner Russ Young reported to deputies that Pacific Pride gas cards from the vehicles owned by the company had been stolen.

Police report that in February, John Day Officer Tom Hutchison began conducting a follow-up on the case.

Hutchison reportedly followed leads in Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming, and conducted numerous interviews to discover where the cards had been used.

Based on information gained from the investigation, police were able to obtain a search warrant for the Patterson Drive address which resulted in the arrest of Daniel C. Lambeth.

Police report they recovered numerous items during the search.

Lambeth was arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud and first-degree theft, both charges are Class C felonies.

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