CaoTigard Police arrested three people reportedly linked to a credit card scam at Washington Square mall.

Those arrested Tuesday were Xiaoling Cao, 29, of Monterey, Calif., Khailee Soong, 29, of Monterey Park, Calif., and Mengzhao Tu, 20, of Rosemead, Calif. They face charges of payment card factoring, first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft after police say they purchased thousands of dollars worth of merchandise with fraudulent credit cards at Washington Square.

According to police spokesman Jim Wolf, a security guard at Washington Square contacted police to report several fraudulent credit card purchases in the past few days.


The Tigard Police Commercial Crimes Unit investigated, and the store was able to identify three suspects, which police learned were staying at a Holiday Inn Express on Southwest Vaughn Street in Portland.

The suspects were arrested as they prepared to check out of the hotel, Wolf said.

Police searched the hotel room and reportedly found numerous counterfeit credit cards.

The investigation is ongoing, but Wolf said the three suspects reportedly made more than $8,000 worth of purchases at the mall between Sunday and Monday. That number is expected to grow as the investigation into department store records continues.

Wolf said the suspects were linked to about $150,000 worth of fraudulent credit card purchases in Oregon and California in the past two months.

The arrests are similar to an investigation the Tigard Police had earlier this year, which led to the arrest of two California men accused of stealing about $30,000 worth of merchandise across Washington County using fraudulent credit cards.

Tu The men, Xunhai Zheng, 33, and Jin Hua Lin, 22, were allegedly responsible for more than $100,000 in fraudulant purchases across the region, according to Wolf.

Tigard Police are investigating whether there is a connection between the two cases, Wolf added.

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