Police arrest men in credit card and fuel ring
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested several men in a crime ring for using stolen credit cards to fraudulently purchase gas across South Florida.
According to police, the men would steal or buy stolen credit card information, then print fake cards on a printer using the stolen information to buy hundreds of dollars worth of gas to sell on the black market. "It's a quick way to make money. It's much easier than robbing someone," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Sebastian Montros.
The men were arrested Monday afternoon at the Sam's Club in Doral. They had specially equipped vehicles to hold several gallons of gas at a time. "They equipped their cars with tanks that can hold up to 200 to 250 gallons. They'll rig it so when they put the gas in the car it looks like it's going into the tank, the gas tank of the car, but its actually going through a hose into the makeshift tank," said Montros.
The crooks would use a Chevy Avalanche that looked normal on the outside, but inside was specially quipped with a gas tank to hold several gallons of gas. One man took $800 worth of gas last week.
Police said there could be more arrests as they continue their investigation.
Police say the best way to protect yourself from credit card fraud is to check your bank account regularly.
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