The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department says that a pair of alleged thieves who were using fraudulent gift cards were captured in Leesville, and it was discovered that they had slipped through the hands of the Jasper Police Department with a traffic warning ten days prior.
According to Sheriff Sam Craft, a female, Usleidy Guerra Carmona, 43, and a male, Omar Menendez Mendez, 37, both of Houston, were arrested on Wednesday after a store clerk noticed them making two suspicious $100.00 purchases of diesel fuel using a card at the pump, but when they tried a third purchase at the pump and other purchases in the store, they were all denied.
Craft said deputies spotted them and tried to pull them over, but they continued for some distance before finally stopping.
According to Craft, the pair had a very large tank in the back of their truck along with several fuel cans. Craft said deputies discovered that as they were trying to stop the men, one of them cut up the cards and the female had stuffed the pieces of the card into her pants.
The sheriff said that they found in the truck software for a ‘card reader/card scanner’ used to encode gift cards with credit card information.
Also in the truck, Craft said they found a traffic warning dated Sunday, July 17th and issued by the Jasper Police Department.
Craft said the pair, who are from Cuba, had previous arrests in Texas with both having been charged with misidentifying themselves to law enforcement, while the female, Carmona, had also been charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, and the male, Mendez, was in the United States illegally.
According to Sheriff Craft, both have been charged with Identity Theft, Monetary Instrument Abuse, and Criminal Conspiracy to commit Monetary Instrument Abuse. Bond was set at $75,000.00 each and both remain in jail.