SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with credit card fraud after an alert store manager flagged deputies down to report his suspicions.
Yesterday afternoon, the manager of Publix on Clark Road in Sarasota pointed out the suspects' vehicle. The manager said the men tried to use a Green Dot gift card that appeared to be altered.
Deputies conducted a stop a few blocks away, and during a search of the vehicle found wallets with nine Green Dot cards, two American Express cards and an Arizona Driver's License showing one of the suspects with a fake name.
Most of the cards contained banking information from Australia. Detectives confirmed with Green Dot that the bank numbers did not belong to their corporation, and learned the cards would not have a name embossed but would say "Valued Customer" on front. Detectives also found multiple gift cards the men had purchased with the fraudulent cards.
Detectives identified the suspects as 54-year-old Carlos Bencomo of Texas and 46-year-old Longino Morgan-Terrero of Largo, who they determined had a warrant for similar crimes in Hillsborough County.
The men are charged with one count each of Criminal Possession of Personal Identification. The investigation is ongoing.