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Arrest ends counterfeit credit card scheme
Miami men held after cards used at a dozen area stores
Beaverton police detectives have arrested two Miami men who they say were using several counterfeit credit cards to buy merchandise in nearly a dozen Portland-area stores.
Late Saturday afternoon, detectives took 28-year-old Yasser Hernandez and 26-year-old Raul Gonzalez-Rodriguez into custody as they tried to change rental cars at Portland International Airport. They were lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with aggravated identity theft. More charges could be added after the investigation.
Police said Gonzalez-Rodriguez also was wanted on a warrant in Idaho for the same crimes.
The two men had more than 100 counterfeit credit cards and other documents containing credit card numbers and the available credit on each card. Police also recovered more than $10,000 in gift cards, cash, high-end watches, fragrances, electronics and other items apparently purchased with the cards.
Beaverton police were called at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, by loss prevention officers at the Washington Square Nordstrom store who had spotted two men using what they believed were counterfeit credit cards. During an investigation, detectives discovered the men had used the credit cards at Nordstrom, Staples, Office Depot, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sears, J.C. Penney and TJ Maxx.
Hernandez and Gonzalez-Rodriguez reportedly arrived in Portland on March 26 and began their shopping spree.