2 accused of running scam with cloned bank cards in Elizabethtown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say an astute JCPenney employee with a good memory led to the arrests of two people wanted for using stolen credit card information at Elizabethtown stores.
On May 30, Elizabethtown Police posted a surveillance image on Facebook, asking the public to be on the lookout for a man and a woman they said were using cloned bank cards -- cards fraudulently encoded with stolen credit card information -- at several stores in the area.
On Monday, an employee of the JCPenney store at 1704 North Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown called police to say a man and a woman were in the store and had tried to use a gift card that had been declined. Police say the employee recognized the man and the woman as the two people who had appeared in the Elizabethtown Police Department's Facebook post.
According to the arrest reports, police arrived on the scene and found 28-year-old Timothy Mena and 38-year-old Magdalena Widz getting into a 2017 Nissan Altima with Georgia tags. Police say they could see a device inside that car that could be used to clone credit cards.
Mena, Widz and the vehicle were taken to the Elizabethtown Police Department, and all were searched after a search warrant was obtained. Police say they found Mena and Widz each had a cloned credit card on their persons. Another 26 cards were found inside the vehicle. Police say that, for most of those cards, the data on the magnetic strips did not match the numbers on the front of the cards.
Police say the device they found inside the car was indeed a card reader, writer and coder.
Both Mena and Widz were arrested and charged with several counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, and possession of a forgery device. They are currently being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.
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