Police: Traveling fraud team hits Meridian retailer

Posted at 11:13 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 17:01:47-04

Two Las Vegas men were booked into the Ada County Jail Sunday night after police say they used fake credit cards to buy more than $1,000 of merchandise at a major Meridian department store.

Meridian Police officers were dispatched to the store, but the men had already left.

The two were later found and arrested in the parking lot of another major retailer in the 7900 block of Overland Road in Boise, said Meridian Police Department Lt. Berle Stokes.

Yulian Cruz, 23, (pictured, left) and Yaniel Febles, 33, (right) were both charged with felony burglary and felony criminal possession of a financial transaction card.

“We have a big pile of stolen merchandise that we are still processing (for evidence),” Stokes stated. The men allegedly stole an assortment of items including household good, toys and electronics.

Investigators believe the two may have perpetrated similar schemes at retailers both here in the Treasure Valley and in other parts of the state, Stokes added.

“Traveling fraud teams like these will steal credit card numbers through various means, then manufacture credit cards (to look like real ones),” he said.

Stokes said more charges could be filed.

The investigation is continuing.