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ORC 7-20-15




Boise Police Bust Another Fraudulent Credit Card Ring  A trio of suspects - two from Las Vegas and a third from California - are behind bars after Boise Police say they busted up yet another credit card scam at local retailers. Merchants notified police of possible fraud in the afternoon of July 16. When BPD arrived on the scene, police were told the suspects had been using fraudulent credit cards with stolen account information in attempts to purchase gift cards. Police also linked the suspects to another Boise store where the suspects allegedly tried to make fraudulent purchases. At the time of the arrests, police said they discovered 28 fraudulent credit cards and several gift cards in the possession of the suspects.

Police bust identity-theft ring in Orlando with 1,855 victims
An Orlando identity-theft ring ended last week when police discovered a Winter Park vacation club employee had stolen more than 1,800 reservation documents including credit card information from the Preferred Guests Resorts and handed them to two others to sell for more than $92,000. Xavier Stephens, 27, Bridgett Bennifield, 38 and Chrystie Hall, 38, are facing several charges including trafficking in counterfeit credit cards, grand theft of a motor vehicle and scheme to defraud. Stephens had numerous credit card documents inside of a backpack, police said, while Bennifield had documents inside her purse. The documents were reservations for travel including arrival dates, lengths of stay, hotel information, guests names, birth dates, and credit card numbers with the expiration date and security numbers, police said. Both said Hall - who has worked at Preferred Guests Resorts in Winter Park for 12 years - sold them the documents for about $100 each. Stephens and Bennifield would resell the documents for $50 per page. The total resale value in their possession was $92,750, police said. They told police they'd been reselling the documents since December. At least 1,855 people had their identities stolen in this ring.

Fresno, CA Police arrest 3 women gang members in Walmart robbery case  Fresno police wrapped up a Walmart robbery case from June with the arrest of three women gang members, Sgt. Tony Bustos announced Sunday - and cracked a check scam at the same time. During the June 9 robbery at Walmart in northwest Fresno, store security officers said they were attacked by the women while the women were stealing items. On June 25, three women attacked a man and stole his bicycle. Each time, witnesses reported seeing the women in a white Tahoe. Officers found the Tahoe during a July 12 traffic stop. Det. Dinnell identified the suspects and convinced one to turn herself in Saturday. That led police to a southeast Fresno home where they caught the other two women. Police did not identify which woman was arrested first, but Bustos identified the women as gang member Monica Cortez, 32, and gang associates Breanna Cortez, 20, and Thannya Tejadilla, 18. Bustos said Dinnell determined that in addition to the robberies, the Cortezes passed over 26 fraudulent checks at a local credit union, stealing over $15,000. Dinnell was able to recover most of the stolen money and property.

Poor parking helps Palisades Park, NJ Police nail credit card thief
Poor parking led to the arrest of a Bronx man charged by a Palisades Park police detective with using a stolen credit card number to buy gift cards at the local post office. Hannis M. Bridges Jr., 23, was in the Central Boulevard post office on April 14 when a female lookout in his car outside called and said he was getting a parking ticket. Bridges ran out the door with $500 worth of ilegally-purchased gift cards, leaving the receipts on the counter. Although he'd used a different name to buy the gift cards, Bridges was driving his own car. Police had his license and registration number. But the receipts had the last four digits of the victim's credit card number on them. Beck determined that Bridges had "gone on a shopping spree" immediately after buying the cards.

Petaluma Police Hunting Suspected Target Thieves
Two men are wanted on suspicion of stealing roughly $1,000 worth of merchandise from a Target in Petaluma Friday afternoon. The suspects entered the Target at 1:25 p.m. and allegedly placed a GPS device, electronics and other merchandize into a shopping car, according to police. They exited the rear of the store, loaded the merchandise into a waiting Ford F-150 truck that was driven by a third suspect and sped away, according to police.

Franklin, TN Police seek Crest Whitestrip shoplifters
Franklin police are asking for help tracking down two women who they say made off with more than $1,000 in Crest Whitestrips and heartburn medication from the Fieldstone Parkway Publix. The thefts, a Franklin Police Department media release said, took place about 8:30 p.m. May 9. Police believe the two women -- who allegedly stole over-the-counter Prilosec and Nexium, in addition to the teeth-whitening strips.

Three men hitting Giant Food Stores in York County for Shrimp - selling on the street


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