Three Cuban illegal immigrants were arrested after utilizing stolen credit cards and racking up thousands of dollars worth of charges on them.
Two other suspects are still at large.
Lazaro Abrahan Diaz Manso, Herrera Ruiz, and Rafael Alvarez Esmori Yusmani were arrested after a Nitro Walmart employee said they witnessed the men purchasing gift cards with the stole credit cards. The suspects had been seen earlier in the week using the cards, and when the employees recognized them from their earlier visit, they called the police.
Major Dave Richardson of the Nitro West Virginia Police department, has stated that there are more than 180 victims of this crime resulting in several thousands of dollars in damages, and that these numbers could continue to rise as the investigation proceeds.
Also, the crimes are not limited to Nitro as charges have been identified in Charleston, Hurricane, Morgantown, Fairmont and Bridgeport. They’ve also found fraudulent charges other states such as in Maryland and possibly Ohio.
While officials have stated that the men are here illegally from Cuba, no information has been released on how they arrived in the United States.
The investigation is ongoing and Nitro police have teamed up with gift card companies to aid in their search for more malicious activity in relation to the credit card fraud ring.
Officials are still searching for the two remaining suspects, but do not have a description. They were last seen driving a black Chrysler 300.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
GPS Technology Leads to Drug Store Thieves