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Three Florida Credit Card Crews Busted
Blakely, GA., police officials make big bust on multi-state credit card fraud
Four people from the Atlanta area were accused of using a stolen card at
Hibbett's Sports. The card's owner saw the charge and called the store.
Investigators say the four suspects used stolen credit cards in Florida as
well. Three of the four suspects are convicted felons.
Two Miami men buying gift cards with fake credit cards in Marlborough, Mass.
Two Miami men were arrested last Thursday afternoon after police say the
pair tried to buy gift cards from Ocean State Job Lot and Hannaford with
fraudulent credit cards. Police found 25 Visa cards, 20 Mastercards, five
American Express cards and four Discover cards, which were all found to be
fraudulent, in Agramonte and Martinez's possession. The pair also possessed
about $900 in gift cards, said DeCiero. The men admitted they bought the fake
credit cards for $40 each, said DeCiero. Martinez was also in possession of a
fraudulent Texas driver's license with a false name. The name on the fake
license matched the name on several of the credit cards, said DeCiero.
Police Nab Alleged Florida Credit Card Forgery Crew in Fairfax, VA
Three men from Florida are facing credit card fraud and related charges
after being arrested last week in Springfield with fake credit cards and forgery
devices, according to the Fairfax County police. Jermaine Butler, 29, of Miami
Gardens, Fla., has been charged with multiple counts of credit card fraud,
possession of credit card forgery devices, forging a public document,
obstruction of justice, and false identification to law enforcement, the police
said. The three were arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 6800 block of
Springfield Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, when Fairfax County police
observed what was termed to be "suspicious activity."
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1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. patch.com
Reported 'robbery' cover up for organized retail theft at Hilltop Conoco in
"The clerk on duty that night, Lloyd Dean Thrift Jr., 19; Thrift's girlfriend, Dustie Daonna Pilgrim, 17, and another friend, Zane Alexander Harder, 21, worked
together to plan a theft which was then reported as a 'robbery'," the release
states. Police said warrants were issued for the arrest of Thrift, Pilgrim and
Harder for organized criminal activity more than $750 less than $2,500, police
Mansfield, MA: Man Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Sports Items Facing
additional charges; $112,000 of merchandise seized
A man who was charged with selling fake sports merchandise faces more charges in
Rhode Island. Richard Rufo was charged with forgery, counterfeiting and altering
trademarks, and possession of Marijuana by the Rhode Island State Police. Rufo
was initially arrested on Feb. 15 after allegedly selling counterfeit sports
merchandise at a show in the Mansfield-Foxboro Area. During a search of Rufo's
van, police found and seized Oxycodone, Suboxone pills, a 1 1/2oz bag of
marijuana, and $760 in cash. During an investigation by state police in Rhode
Island, investigators discovered 1,164 counterfeit items with an estimated value
in excess of $112,000.
Costa Mesa, CA: $35,000 in Drones stolen in store break-in
Costa Mesa police responded to a burglary alarm at Aerial Media Pros, just
before 2 a.m.. When officers arrived they saw that someone had smashed a window
and three or four drones valued at a total of $35,000 had been stolen.
Investigators are waiting for the owner to arrive at the business to determine
if more merchandise was stolen and to access any surveillance video.
Fairfield, NJ: Woman charged with Identity Theft; $3,200 purchase
of Camera Equipment
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. police were contacted by the management of Unique
Photo, reporting a possible credit card fraud that was in progress. It was being
reported that a female was attempting to purchase approximately $3,200 in camera
equipment using what appeared to be a fraudulent Capital One Mastercard that the
store could not get approval on.
Bowling Green, KY: Three indicted in cloned credit card case;
$3,800 gift card scam at Sam's Club
Ebony Turner was seen on video surveillance using another person's Sam's Club
membership card to complete transactions, loading money onto gift cards. "Upon
reviewing the transactions, it was determined the individuals used at least
three individual membership cards that did not belong to them to purchase $3,800
in gift cards," the report said. "During the purchases they attempted to use
several cards that were declined before the transactions went through."
Mt. Healthy, OH: Police in the Tri-State and as far away as Cleveland are
looking for a "serial" Rogaine thief
Police said the Rogaine bandit has been targeting mostly Walgreens stores like
the one in Mount Healthy. Detectives said he stole $800 worth of merchandise,
mostly the hair growing aide. As it turns out, investigators said he has been a
very busy man. The suspect was well dressed and while he is obviously bald,
police don't think he's personally using the Rogaine.
Beverly, MA: Toys R Us Reports a $500 Lego Theft
Detectives are seeking to put the pieces together after Toys "R" Us reported on
Saturday at 1:44pm that a 60-year-old man shoplifted $500 worth of Legos. No
arrests have been made.