Police: Duo used counterfeit credit cards at stores across metro area
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Beaverton police on Saturday arrested two men who they said had more than 100 counterfeit credit cards and other documents containing credit card numbers.
Yasser Hernandez, 28, and Raul Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 26, each face aggravated identity theft charges. Police say more charges are pending.
The two men are from Miami. Police said they arrived in Portland on March 26.
Someone with Nordstrom Loss Prevention told police that the duo was most likely using fake credit cards, according to Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe. The two men targeted stores in the Portland metro area including Nordstrom, Staples, Office Depot, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, JC Penny and TJ Maxx.
License plate number big clue
According to court documents, the woman with Nordstrom loss prevention provided police with video surveillance of the suspects and the license plate number of the car they were driving.
It turned out that license plate was a major clue in tracking down the suspects.
Police said they discovered the car was registered to Avis Rental Car at Portland International Airport. They then used that lead to get the phone number that Gonzalez-Rodriguez had used to rent the car. They called him and told him the car needed to be returned to Avis because it had a mechanical problem, according to the court documents.
Police said that's exactly what the suspects did, and they were arrested just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday by Port of Portland police officers.
In addition to more than 100 counterfeit credit cards, police recovered cash, high-end watches, perfumes, electronics and more than $10,000 in gift cards.
Officers took the pair to the Washington County Jail. Gonzalez-Rodriguez had a warrant out of Idaho for the same crime, police said.