POLICE: Florida man stopped on Gene Snyder Freeway had cards re-encoded with stolen card numbers
Police say credit card numbers can be snatched up by skimming devices placed at local gas pumps...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man after he was found with several credit/gift cards that had been re-encoded with stolen credit card numbers.
According to an arrest report, officers stopped 18-year-old Juan D. Trompeta Ricardo, a Florida resident, as he was driving a silver BMW on the Gene Snyder Freeway, near Preston Highway, Thursday night.
Police say they initially saw him fail to use a turn signal when he switched lanes on Preston Highway. He then allegedly failed to use a turn signal when he again switched lanes, before merging onto the Gene Snyder Freeway.
At that point, police stopped him. According to an arrest report, police could see two open beers spilling on the back floorboard.
Police say Trompeta Ricardo agreed to allow police to search his person. While searching his wallet, officers allegedly found 10 credit / gift cards that had been re-encoded with stolen credit card information.
"Individuals use credit / debit / gift cards to electronically place stolen credit card information and then use them to make purchases with the intent to defraud the legitimate owners of the credit cards," police wrote in the report. "The stolen credit card information is collected through the unlawful use of skimmers placed in gas pumps that are used to intercept and collect credit card information without the owners' knowledge."
Police say Trompeta Ricardo confessed to getting the cards from "an unknown subject."
"He also admitted to using at least one of them to purchase gasoline on today's date," police wrote.
Ricardo Trompeta was arrested and faces several counts of false making or embossing of a credit card, as well as one count of failure to signal. He is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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