50 fake credit cards seized from shoppers at Pismo outlets, police say

clambert@thetribunenews.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Pismo Beach police have arrested two Los Angeles County residents who allegedly tried to pass counterfeit credit cards at numerous businesses in the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets on Tuesday.

Nathan Frank Smith, 25, of Los Angeles, and Sara Ashley Petrill, 27, of Norwalk remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail on Wednesday evening in lieu of $160,000 bail each, according to a news release from Pismo Beach police. Smith also has a hold for violating his parole.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of numerous burglary charges, possessing and manufacturing counterfeit credit cards, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police said. Petrill was being held on suspicion of numerous burglary charges and manufacturing counterfeit cards, according to police and jail records.

Officers were called to the outlets about 4:45 p.m. on a report of two people trying to pass counterfeit credit cards at numerous businesses. Police seized about 50 counterfeit cards.

Officers are currently working with other agencies to determine whether the pair tried to pass counterfeit currency in any other areas, according to a news release.

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