Two Arrested for Credit Card Fraud
Two men from Fairfax and Alexandria, both 27, were arrested and charged with credit card theft on April 29.
Officers from the West Springfield District station observed a disabled vehicle in the middle of Rolling Road near Viola Street on March 14, when what began as a routine traffic incident resulted in arrests for a major credit card fraud ring. Officers noticed what appeared to be unlawful drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. They also found several credit cards, gift cards, and identification cards in the vehicle. The driver, a 27-year-old man from Fairfax, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he was released on bond.
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit began to investigate the origin of 54 gift cards and credit cards that were found on the person and in his vehicle, 35 of which were discovered to be stolen or cloned with stolen information. Upon further investigation, detectives tracked information written on some of the cards and information located in the vehicle, to stolen UPS and FedEx packages indicative of fraudulent behavior and identity theft. Information relating to a second suspect was developed and detectives identified many more victims throughout the Northern Virginia area. After a thorough and complicated investigation, several cases of credit card fraud, forgery, and theft were successfully linked.
Following the arrests, search warrants were executed on the suspects’ residences in Alexandria and Fairfax. Additional stolen and cloned credit cards were recovered along with methamphetamine, numerous credit card readers, and credit card encoders. Detectives also discovered additional victims as a result of the search warrants, bringing the total potential number of victims to over 90.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Theft at Springfield Town Center
Officers from the Franconia District station are investigating a larceny that occurred on Saturday, April 30, at around 8:06 p.m. The manager of the Finish Line store located at 6500 Springfield Mall reported that two men concealed merchandise and other items in shopping bags and left the store.
The suspects were described as black and approximately 25 to 35 years old. Both suspects were approximately 5-feet-8 inches to 6-feet tall and were wearing black hats, white T-shirts, dark jeans and black jackets.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131