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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- In the midst of crazy holiday shopping, police say an alert Walmart worker helped bring down an organized crime ring.
Maj. Kenneth Hatmaker with the Jeffersontown Police Dept. says, "They are fairly organized and they know we're swamped, retailers are swamped, and that's why it gets busy at this time of year."
Jeffersontown Police say 39-year-old Jorge Aldana-Ouduardo and 36-year-old Alexis Talet-Lebrada had elaborate plans on Black Friday, "attempting to use stolen and forged credit cards," Maj. Hatmaker says.
It all fell apart when they hit the Walmart Grocery off Ruckriegel Parkway. Major Hatmaker says, "The clerk there was astute and vigilant enough to notice that these two gentlemen were attempting, over and over, cards that weren't working, and they kept pulling out other ones."
Police say the crooks would use stolen credit card account information to make purchases and reload the money cards. The numbers were swiped from a movie theater database in Texas, the suspects' home state.
The credit cars belonged to members of the military there, and as the clerk noticed the cards bouncing back, the Security Services Federal Credit Union was calling police.
Police say as they arrested those two, an identical plot unfolded at the neighborhood Walmart in Saint Matthews. The thieves there got away. "They are aware of the system and how to beat it," says Major Hatmaker.
Police found 33 money cards on the suspects, and $750 in counterfeit $50 bills. Hatmaker says the Secret Service will be involved in the investigation.
He adds, "This time of year we hear of the children and homeless and being the needy season. Well, it's the needy season for criminals as well."
The two suspects face forgery, fraud, and theft charges. Police are still gathering receipts on the total loss, but so far it's at least $5,000.