Wichita Falls officers arrest an accused swindler they said uses patriotism and charm to take advantage of merchants, and it’s not the first time he’s done it.

Quaid Landheart, 29, of Baytown was arrested Thursday and is now charged with theft over $2,500.

Police officer said he scammed at least three businesses in Wichita Falls for about $10,000 in merchandise by convincing them he’d just been assigned to his new military post here and his credit card wouldn’t work. 

He would go on and pretend to make a phone call to the bank and get a code to give to the clerk.

However, officers said the actual card was a useless gift card.

Among his stolen goods, Landheart managed to get a guitar valued at $700, clothing and gift cards valued at about $2,000 from a store in Sikes Senter, and jewelry worth $6,600 at another Sikes Senter store.

Clerks described Landheart as very charismatic and patriotic and said he even posed for pictures with them.

Police officers said Landheart has previous theft convictions and pending theft charges.