Boise police recovered more than $33,000 worth of GoPro video cameras, Samsung tablets, sports equipment, clothing and 150 fake credit cards utilizing stolen numbers after arresting members of four traveling fraud groups during the past week.
The crimes were very familiar to local investigators: Criminals from out of state came to Idaho with lists of stolen credit card numbers embossed onto blank cards and used by people with fake identifications that match the made-up names on the cards. They took the cards to stores where they bought merchandise that they hoped to resell later.
The crooks planned to skip town before anyone figured out what was going on. Alert store clerks spoiled those plans when they noticed suspicious activity and notified police.
“This activity is just a portion of how much credit card fraud costs retailers and businesses. Often, us as consumers pay higher prices to cover these crimes.” said Ed Fritz, a crime prevention supervisor with the Boise Police Department.
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Keyci J. Pujado Rios, 24, and Javier Diaz Ruiz, 29, both of Miami, were arrested March 27. They were found with $5,700 worth of stolen items and 15 fraudulent credit cards. They were each charged with felony burglary and fraudulent possession of a transaction card.
On Monday, Alejandro M. Arvizu, 25, of Tuscon, Ariz., was charged with three counts each of burglary and fraudulent possession of a transaction card. He was found with 39 fraudulent cards and $11,000 in merchandise.
On Tuesday, Carlos J.M. Molino, 22, Rafael Perez, 30, and Irving Gonzalez Bocanegra, 24, all from Sonora, Mexico, were found with more than $13,000 in goods and more than 100 fake credit cards, said Ed Fritz, a crime prevention supervisor with the Boise Police Department. They were charged with burglary and forgery of a financial transaction card.
On Wednesday, Mary Alexus White, 21, of Oakland, Calif., was apprehended with $4,000 in illegally purchased gift cards and two bogus credit cards, police said. She was charged with burglary and fraudulent possession of a transaction card.