Trio Arrested for Making Counterfeit Credit Cards
Stash of credit cards
Evidence in the rental car
October 31, 2013, 9:48 pm
By Jeremy Scott
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Three people from California are accused of stealing account information and making real-looking credit cards that they used to run up bills.
The Best Buy on Cascade Avenue and Nordstrom tipped off police. Employees were suspicious when the thieves pulled out multiple cards when the others didn't work.
"These cards looked and functioned as any card that you and I probably have in our wallet," said Officer Mike Rowe.
Police caught up with the suspects as they were trying to unload a rental car at the Portland Airport that was full of evidence. Inside were 200 cards, fake drivers licenses, $5,000 cash, merchandise they bought with the cards and the tools of the trade to make them.
"They were at the airport trying to drop off the rental car they had to get another one because they probably felt as if it was compromised," Rowe added.
28-year-old Daviel Brown and 35-year-old Robert Brown from Oakland along with 23-year-old Blake Littles of Pixley, California are charged with aggravated identity theft. Two of them are wanted down south for doing the very same thing.
Police say it's probably the city's largest counterfeit credit card case ever. They're investigating how the suspects got their hands on private information.
To protect your identity, Beaverton Police recommend shredding all documents that contain personal information, check your credit report at least once a year, monitor your accounts for suspicious activity and report any unauthorized activity immediately.