Drug raid nets man wanted for bilking upscale hotels

by: Ryan Young Updated:

Within three months of him getting out of jail, Young started getting reports from some of the elite hotels in downtown and Buckhead, saying Tatum was using other peoples credit cards paying for elaborate room service tabs.

ATLANTA - Detectives said they have done plenty to keep a suspect from stealing over and over again. And even a 20-year prison sentence didn't stop the man once he was back out of jail.

Investigator told Channel 2's Ryan Young that James Tatum targets hotels and racks up elaborate room service tabs, paying for his stays with stolen credit information.

Detectives finally found Tatum during a drug raid. When he was apprehended they also found drugs and forged checks totaling $100,000.

Detectives told Young that Tatum only served four years of a 20-year sentence for fraud in a case from 2009.

Within three months of him getting out, Young started getting reports from some of the elite hotels in downtown and Buckhead, saying Tatum was using other peoples credit cards paying for elaborate room service tabs.

In one case Tatum is accused of stealing whatever he could carry out of the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead.

Detectives believe Tatum gets people's information and then uses computer programs to surf the Internet to steal their credit information.

Once he does that police said he likes to stay at hotels, including The Mansion of Buckhead, the Ritz Carlton and the W Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

Tatum was in court Wednesday and gave up his right for a bond hearing.

Police said they hope this latest arrest will help keep Tatum behind bars.

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