Thanks to a suspicious clerk and observant Placer County Sheriff’s deputies, 2 young men on a shopping spree using other people’s credit cards were arrested in Auburn Tuesday night. Detectives suspect the pair spent more than $100 thousand dollars, buying items from El Dorado County to the Bay Area. Det. Jim Hudson tells us what led up to their arrests.
“An employee at Bevmo saw that their demeanor wasn’t quite consistent with someone who was making a $2,000 purchase. He became very alarmed when they presented a credit card, tried to stall them a while, felt the card was suspicious and as he was stalling them and calling law enforcement, they fled the store. They gave us a good vehicle description and our deputies were in the area, so they were able to saturate the Bell and 49 area and located these subjects going into the Home Depot to try it again.”
A search of the car revealed several counterfeit drivers’ licenses and several fraudulent credit cards. The pair had obtained the credit cards in the names of others by stealing mail in Shingle Springs. Detectives found $10 thousand dollars worth of merchandise that the suspects had obtained with the stolen credit cards. More receipts revealed $100 thousand worth of merchandise with the fraudulent cards. Vya-Chez-lav Bere-Zenko, 23 of Sacramento and Michael Ross, 27 of Folsom were booked into the Placer County Jail on charges of identity theft, burglary, grand theft, forgery, conspiracy and making and possessing counterfeit credit cards.