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Beaverton, Tigard detectives bust alleged counterfeiting ring

Five Las Vegas-area residents charged with using phony credit cards at Home Depot stores.

Beaverton and Tigard police detectives on Tuesday arrested five people who were allegedly using counterfeit credit cards at Home Depot stores across the metropolitan area.

The Portland Police Bureau and a member of the U.S. Marshall's Office also took part in the arrests of the five Las Vegas-area residents at a Motel 6 in Portland.

The ring used the phony cards to buy MasterCard gift cards from Home Depot. Police seized more than 50 counterfeit cards and approximately $10,000 in gift cards.

The suspects were lodged in the Washington County Jail on one count each of aggravated identity theft, with additional charges expected, according to Mike Rowe, Beaverton Police Department spokesman.

Beaverton detectives learned about the theft ring last Friday and worked through the weekend to located them, Rowe reported.

The suspects are: Angel Rodriguez-Hidalgo, 21, Pedro Cedeno-Hernandez, 20, Noel Vazquez, 47, Eliades Rosales-Gonzalez, 22, and Dayron Melgares-Gonzalez, 23.

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