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POLICE: Louisville man used re-encoded credit cards at several gas stations

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Martinez Carmenate (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Martinez Carmenate (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police arrested a Louisville man officials say used re-encoded credit cards at several gas stations in Louisville and the surrounding areas.

Martinez Carmenate, 32, was arrested Wednesday evening in the 10000 block of Waycross Avenue, near Mt. Washington Road.

Police say Carmenate's alleged use of the re-encoded credit cards dates back to Sept. 25.

Officials say a vehicle belonging to Martinez and another vehicle he was operating were used in about 35 transactions at local Thorntons and Speedway stores. The total amount came to around $3,500, according to police.

Police records state that Carmenate used a hidden fuel tank in the back of his truck that could hold at least 100 gallons of fuel.

Authorities say police turned on lights and a siren when Carmenate did not use a turn signal. Officials say Carmenate continued to drive at a slow speed.

Investigators say a detective pulled up next to Carmenate to see what he was doing. Carmenate was allegedly seen removing credit cards and gift cards from his wallet and reaching towards the floorboard of the vehicle while he was still driving, according to police.

Police say once he came to a stop, Carmenate was seen concealing two cards under his body.

When the cards were checked, police say they were found to have been wiped of all information, including one that had Carmenate's name on it. The other was a gift card, according to authorities.

Investigators say a large magnet was found, which was used to erase all stolen credit card information from the re-encoded cards.

Officials say fuel in the car's gas tank had been purchased using stolen credit card numbers.

While Sergeant Bart Reid with LMPD's Fraud Unit admits skimming is nothing new, he told WDRB it is an increasingly popular scam.

"They could take that information through a card reader and download it onto a personal computer," Reid said. "They would then be able to take that info and load it onto their fraudulent cards. And the card may even have their own identity on it their own name"

Although gas stations seem to make the easiest marks, Reanna Smith-Hamblin with the Betters Business Bureau warns anyplace you use a card is vulnerable. And it's not just credit and debit cards but gift cards too.

"The first time it might be a penny or two to make sure it's a working card. So if you see something odd some kind of odd charge on your card or out of your bank acct you know for a few pennies take caution contact your bank."

Carmenate is facing several charges, including false making or embossing of a credit card, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property. 

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