St. Peters Police arrested three Florida men at Mid Rivers Mall Sept. 14 for using cloned credit cards, purchasing diamond rings and a $900 purchase attempt at Victoria's Secret.
Police said the three Miami, Fla., residents were using cloned credit cards—cards with the suspects name but with numbers from previously stolen cards—to shop at the mall.
All three suspects were arrested and charged through St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The three men are:
- Sandy Alvarez, 29, of Miami, Fla., is charged with receiving stolen property, a felony.
- Eduardo E. Aguilar, 38, of Miami, Fla., is charged with receiving stolen property, a felony.
- Yunior Rodriguez, 31, of Miami, Fla., is charged with a fraudulent use of a credit/debit device (value of $500 or more), a felony.
Police said JC Penney security became suspicious when one man had five declined credit card transactions. They found the men in Victoria's Secret, where Rodriguez was attempting to make a $922 purchase with a cloned credit card, according to court documents.
The actual credit card owner lives in Los Angeles, police said.
Rodriguez got away and tried to flush multiple ID cards, credit cards and hotel key cards down the toilet in the Sears restroom, St. Peters Police said.
During the investigation, police said they found thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including diamond rings and diamond earrings valued at up to $2,300, and numerous other cloned cards.
Police traced the suspects back to the Rodeway Inn and Suites, a motel in Fenton. There, they found several fake IDs and false credit cards
All three men are being held on $25,000 bond. St. Charles-based attorney Terry Kaufman is representing the trio.