California man arrested on credit card counterfeit charges
Police find credit card-making equipment, gift cards in hotel room
A California man arrested in Beaverton over the weekend was running a sophisticated counterfeit credit card operation, Officer Mike Rowe, a Beaverton Police Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday.
Police arrested Thomas Geter, 40, of California, after spotting a 2007 Mercedes CL 550 parked outside the Comfort Inn late Sunday morning and, after a short inquiry, learned the man linked to the vehicle had used a fake drivers license to rent the room, Rowe said.
Further investigation revealed the Mercedes was paid for with a $40,000 loan in July based on another California residents stolen information. The victim had filed a police report about a week ago, Rowe told KOIN-6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.
Once inside the room linked to Geter, detectives uncovered several counterfeit credit cards, credit card-making devices, about $1,800 in cash, and more than $13,000 in new prepaid gift cards, receipts, shredded gift cards, credit cards and other documents, Rowe said.
Geter was more than likely working alone in Beaverton, but may be tied with criminals in California. Geter was allegedly targeting the Home Depot, Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores to purchase the gift cards, Rowe noted.
Geter was lodged in the Washington County Jail pending $250,000 bail on accusations of aggravated identity theft and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
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