Following reports of credit card skimmers by two police departments last week, the Pharr Police Department says it has arrested two people who officers say were caught red-handed at gas pumps. gasoline swiping credit cards.
Additionally, the suspects, Port residents Arthur Jorge Ramirez, 32, and Carla Castillo, 24, were in possession of 81 credit cards.
Pharr and McAllen Police Departments sent out news releases last week warning residents that credit card scammers were operating in both municipalities and McAllen Police announced find the skimmers at four different gas stations.
Following Saturday’s traffic stop which occurred around 2.19pm near the Stripes store at Military and Jackson Roads after police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, detectives responded to the WoodSpring Suites hotel at 1207 W. Interstate 2 in Pharr where they arrested two other suspects: Houston residents Alfredo Arroyo, 42, and Emmanuel Izaguirre, 38.
“The subjects were running a stolen credit card operation used to steal fuel from local convenience stores and resell,” police said. in a version.
The suspects will be charged with theft of petroleum product, fraudulent use or possession of credit or debit card information, participation in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance.
Pharr police say the investigation is active and ongoing and detectives are looking for two other people who may be linked to this case or who operate in a separate group.
One of these people is Cande Rios, of unknown age, and another unknown man.
Detectives are also looking for a black Ford F-150 with license plate number PJR-2010 and a white Mercedes SUV with license plate number NDK-0810.
“This group may still be in the area,” police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (956) 787-8477, police said.
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