Rochester police arrest two N.Y. men in fraudulent credit card case
ROCHESTER – Police arrested two men Monday and accused them of using phony credit cards to obtain $9,000 in gift cards from stores in the area during the past two days.
Deval Rhodes, 22, of 2168 Renfrew Ave. in Elmont, N.Y., was charged with forgery and possession of a marijuana. Djeffry Louis, 20, of 245 Rosedall St., Apt. 11422 in New York, N.Y., was charged with the possession of cocaine, transporting marijuana and driving after revocation or suspension.
Both men were arrested after police received a report of suspicious activity at Hannaford Brothers supermarket along North Main Street Tuesday around 6:49 p.m.
The caller told police that two men – one wearing a suit and the other wearing a Yankees hat and Nike sweat shirt – purchased $400 in gift cards before attempting to obtain another $800 in gift cards, but their credit card was declined, according to police.
Upon arriving at the supermarket, police could not locate the men so they began checking with other businesses around the city. As a result, officers found two men who fit the description as they were leaving Pet Paradise at the Lilac Mall along Milton Road – Route 125, according to police.
Investigators discovered that Louis and Rhodes were in possession of more than 100 activated gift cards - worth in excess of $9,000 – which were obtained from area stores during the past two days. These cards range from Visa, Master Card, American Express and store credit cards from the Home Depot and others, according to police.
"It is believed that these cards were being purchased fraudulently utilizing other gift cards and fraudulently obtained credit cards," police said in a release.
Investigators say they believe Rhodes also signed a false name while using a credit card at CVS pharmacy.
Both men were held on $50,000 cash bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Police continue to investigate the matter and believe the case is connected to a credit card ring.
On Thursday, police arrested of two men from New York State who they say had a van full of stolen goods, phony credit cards and fake driver's licenses.
Vic Washington, 44, of 203rd Street in Queens, N.Y., was charged with six felonies - conspiracy to commit theft by deception, conspiracy to commit theft and four counts of receiving stolen property – and misdemeanor counts of the manufacture, sale and possession of a false identification and the possession of controlled/narcotic drug.
Aaron Young, 30, of 11137 203rd St. in Saint Albans, N.Y., was charged with felony forgery and eight misdemeanors – theft by deception, six counts of receiving stolen property and the manufacture, sale and possession of a false identification.
Police said Washington and Young tried to use a phony credit card at Kohl's Department Store before obtaining more than $1,000 in items from the nearby Lowes Store.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Rochester Police Department at 330-7128