Franklin police arrested three Florida males after a fuel station clerk reported they purchased a number of reward playing cards utilizing the identical mobile phone, which had entry to bank cards that didn’t belong to them.
Alexander Lopez, 21, of Hialeah, Fla., was arrested on prices of fraud, conspiracy and possession of a managed substance.
Jesse A. Prieto, 23, of Miami, Fla., was arrested on prices of conspiracy and marijuana possession.
And Evan Antonio Maria, 21, Miami Lakes, Fla., was arrested on prices of fraud and conspiracy.
Each fraud and conspiracy prices are Stage 6 felonies that might lead to as much as 2 half of years in jail.
A clerk on the Speedway fuel station, 701 W. Adams Street, reported the alleged fraud to police at 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, in line with a Franklin Police Division report.
The clerk mentioned two of the lads tried to purchase presents playing cards utilizing the identical mobile phone through bank card purposes, in line with the report.
When police arrived, the three males sped off in a blue van. Police adopted, ultimately stopping them for failure to sign and an unlawful U-turn at U.S. 31 and Nineveh Street, the report mentioned.
Police smelled marijuana coming from the automobile. Lopez, the driving force, gave police a medical marijuana card from Florida, however denied realizing something concerning the marijuana scent and shopping for something greater than a water on the fuel station, in line with the report.
Maria advised police the three had rented the van to drive to Indianapolis and keep at an Airbnb, however wished so as to add an evening to their keep, and wanted to purchase reward playing cards to load onto the Airbnb app. Maria mentioned he used his telephone to pay for the reward playing cards, however advised police the battery on his telephone was low, so the bank card app wouldn’t load. Maria additionally advised police the three had been about to smoke marijuana after they had been pulled over.
Prieto refused to reply questions, however mentioned he went contained in the fuel station to make use of the restroom, in line with the report.
Police discovered three small baggage of marijuana, a marijuana cigarette and an unopened $200 Visa reward card contained in the van. After police searched the van, Prieto advised them he, Lopez and Maria every purchased a bag of marijuana to smoke on the journey. Lopez and Maria each continued to disclaim any of the marijuana was theirs.
Police requested Lopez why he advised them he solely purchased a water on the fuel station, however Maria and Prieto each advised them he additionally purchased reward playing cards. He refused to reply, the report mentioned.
Maria, whereas displaying police the “Samsung Pay” app on his telephone, revealed that the bank card truly belonged to a girl with not one of the suspects’ final names, in line with the report. Maria mentioned it was his aunt’s card, however failed to present police her identify, and mentioned he didn’t acknowledge the identify of the cardholder when police requested about it. None of them acknowledged the cardholder’s identify, police mentioned.
At one level through the arrest, Lopez dropped two small plastic baggage containing drugs and kicked them below a cop automobile, in line with the report. Lopez denied dropping the drugs and advised police they weren’t his, the report mentioned.
In Prieto’s pockets, police discovered a Wells Fargo card with no identify on it. On Maria, police discovered three telephones, seven reward playing cards and activation receipts. Three Speedway receipts present the suspects used three completely different bank cards to purchase the reward playing cards, in line with the report.
Police requested that Investigations search the telephones for extra proof, the report mentioned.
All three males had been taken to the Johnson County jail. Lopez was launched on $5,400 bond. Maria was launched on $4,800 bond. And Prieto was launched on $2,200 bond.