FBI says Brian Laundrie arrest warrant alleges debit card fraud

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Hunt for Brian Laundrie: Federal arrest warrant issued

The FBI on Thursday said the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of deceased Gabby Petito.

The warrant is "pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for violation of federal statute 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(i): 'Use of Unauthorized Devices' related to Mr. Laundrie's activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito."

"While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito's homicide," FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a Thursday statement. "We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie's role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI."

Laundrie's attorney Steve Bertolino said it was his understanding "that the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to her actual demise."

The warrant alleges Laundrie committed debit card fraud between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

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