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Police closer to arrests in credit card fraud case

Some residents have lost thousands, and do not have hopes of cash being returned


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - This man has been associated with the credit card fraud thefts for residents of Sandy. Police say they believe he has a tattoo on the left side of his neck that is the number 506.Sandy residents’ credit card fraud cases continue to increase in number, and they are getting closer to home, according to a press release from Det. Jason Bickle of the Sandy Police Department.

During the first four weeks of this case, the fraudulent purchases were being made in several states such as California, North Carolina, New Jersey and Florida. Last week, Police Chief Kim Yamashita reported the Sandy Police Department had received reports on 110 local cases of this type of credit card fraud.

But in the past two weeks, the number has risen, and the cards are being used closer to home – in Washington state and the Portland metro area.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Police say this woman is associated with the credit card thefts affecting Sandy area residents.The latest use of the cards, Bickle said, is cash advances from local residents’ credit accounts.

The scenario includes identity information about the account holder plus the account number and pin being sold to someone who manufactures a card and likely some form of fake identification.

The thief then takes the card to a bank or ATM and asks for a cash advance of up to $1,000.

Bickle said the Sandy victims, in total, have lost more than $52,000 to date.

Yamashita told the Post the only businesses the victims have in common are the local Dairy Queen and the Fred Meyer gas station.

Police have contacted the corporate headquarters for both businesses. Yamashita suggested not using cards at these locations until the problem can be stopped.

“(Both business headquarters’ personnel) have been very cooperative,” Yamashita said. “Both companies have done extensive searches into their systems to help identify where the problem is occurring.”

The officers do not have any suspects yet, but they do have recent surveillance photos of several of the suspects, both men and women.

One of the perpetrators is a 20-something white man with a numerical tattoo on the left side of his neck. Bickle said he believes the tattoo number is “506.”

“We would appreciate the public’s help,” Bickle said, “in attempting to identify these subjects.”

To provide information at any time, call the Sandy Police Department tip line at 503-489-2195 or during regular weekday open hours, call 503-668-5566.

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