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Stolen credit card leads to 10 arrests

Heroin, methamphetamine found in Scappoose house


Investigation of a stolen credit card in Scappoose led to the arrest of 10 people over the course of a week in connection with drug possession and credit card theft.

SCAPPOOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT PHOTO - Officers and deputies make several arrests at a home on Dahlgren Road in Scappoose, while investigating credit card fraud. In all, 10 arrests were made in connection to drug crimes and fraud.According to the Scappoose Police Department, Officer James Candiff investigated a report of a stolen credit card in Scappoose on Monday, May 9. The card was used to make purchases at Bi-Mart, Fred Meyer, Pizza Vendor, Rose Valley Market, Goodwill, Shell gas station and Grocery Outlet.

Surveillance footage from several of the retail locations was reviewed, and multiple suspects were identified.

Four days later, Scappoose police officers, Oregon State Police, and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant on a home in the 54000 block of Dahlgren Road in Scappoose, where they recovered the stolen credit card along with methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Eight people were arrested that day.

Susan Broyles, 59, Martin Cerezo, 46, Christopher Richards, 34, Bradley Balcuns, 27, and Rick Viles, 24, were all arrested for drug possession and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

Linda Roman, 61, was arrested for having stolen property, theft by receiving, conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card, and conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Marie Darmour, 30, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used. Police also arrested Melissa McKay, 45, for six counts each of conspiracy to commit identity theft and conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card. She was also arrested for five counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft and third-degree theft, along with possession and delivery of methamphetamines, possession of stolen property and frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

The following Monday, May 16, two more suspects were identified, and with the help of St. Helens police officers, 43-year-old Wayna Clark-Montgomery was arrested in connection with the fraud case. Clark-Montgomery was charged with two counts of identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, third-degree theft and theft by receiving.

Dale Herren, 39, was found and arrested later that day for aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card and third-degree theft.