Trio arrested for using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Three people have been charged after investigators say they used lost or stolen credit cards to buy Visa gift cards at area Target stores.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, investigators and Target Asset Protection personnel identified the suspects in an investigation into similar crimes earlier this month.

On Wednesday, the trio returned to Target on Cattlemen Road and were later located at the Fruitville Road store. The group used credit cards that were lost or stolen by victims who reported shopping at Premium Outlets Ellenton earlier in the day.


The suspects attempted to buy thousands of dollars' worth of gift cards but after several transactions were declined bough gift cards totaling $997.33.


Deputies arrested 28-year-old Robert Lambert of Lehigh Acres; 39-year-old Carl Williams of Cape Coral; and 32-year-old Cedric Walker of Tampa.

The group is facing a total of eight felony charges for Criminal Use of Personal Identification or attempting to do so in connection with two victims' cards, but additional victims and transactions have been identified. More charges are pending as the investigation continues.