WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Two Florida men were arrested in Willoughby on Saturday for various suspected frauds involving credit cards.
Humberto Delgado-Valdes, 27, and Esniel Delgado, 20, were arrested by Willoughby Police. The two men are from Hialeah, FL.
Willoughby Police say they received five complaints of credit card fraud on Friday and Saturday. One of the victims reported that fraudulent purchases were made with his credit card at a gas station in Willoughby on Friday evening. The common denominator with each reported case was that the victims still had their credit cards in their possession at the time of the fraudulent purchases.
On Saturday morning, police say an officer was interviewing a possible witness to one of the crimes at the gas station, when he observed the two suspects inside the gas station store. Delgado-Valdes and Delgado tried to leave before being stopped by the officer.
According to police, the two males were positively identified as using a cloned credit card of one of the victims to make several purchases at that gas station. The suspects were purchasing loadable Vanilla Cards in increments of hundreds of dollars.
Police learned the two males were staying for several days at the Days Inn Hotel on state Route 306. A search warrant was conducted on Monday, in which detectives recovered more than 45 cloned credit cards and Vanilla cards.
Delgado-Valdes and Delgado were charged with multiple felonies, including identity fraud, possession of forgery tools, receiving stolen property, theft, and tampering with evidence. Other felony charges could be forthcoming.
Willoughby Police have also been in contact with other northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies, who have reported victims of similar crimes in their jurisdictions. Anyone who has experienced a similar incident can contact the Willoughby Police Detective Bureau at (440) 953-4210.