Three Arrested In Gift Card Theft Ring In Hendersonville
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Three men from Florida have been arrested in Hendersonville in connection with a multi-state gift card theft ring.
Police charged 27-year-old Olando Coro, 21-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez, and 21-year-old Luis Perez with 14 counts of criminal simulation and one count of theft over $1,000.
Police said they were called to the Walmart on North Anderson Lane on Monday after a complaint of the three men trying to purchase gift cards with fraudulently created credit cards.
The three had multiple stolen credit cards in their possession as well as gift cards ranging from $50, $100 and even $200.
Detectives know the trio could have left the area immediately if it weren't for an alert cashier.
"They're the ones that detect most of the counterfeit bills because it just doesn't seem right,"said Detective David Harrell.
The cashier noticed something suspicious when the men tried to pay for gift cards. "That cashier asked for that card to be displayed and they presented a different card," Harrell said.
They allegedly had a card reader which police said could have been used to program stolen credit card numbers on the magnetic strips of old or discarded credit cards. It's believed they used those to buy gift cards.
Police said they believe the men traveled between Florida and New York and are working to notify law enforcement to determine if the men committed any other crimes.
"It is kind of disturbing because you know that this is not the first time you've done it and had we not stopped them they would be continuing on giving loss to somebody or some company if we didn't stop them," Harrell said.
All three were held on $100,000 bond each.
Police say if you notice something odd on a statement, in the mail or even your credit report, don't ignore it because it will come back to haunt you. They say call your bank and then the police to document the fraud.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:04 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:04:23 GMT
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