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Three arrested after detectives allegedly find them with fake credit cards, gas pump skimmers in San Luis Obispo

Marcos Ortega Ramirez, 28, of Southgate, was arrested Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a skimmer, theft of an access card and burglary. Original story »
Plea: Not guilty to all charges. What's next: Pre-preliminary hearing scheduled for 12/16/10.
Marcos Ortega Ramirez, 28, of Southgate, was arrested Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a skimmer, theft of an access card and burglary. Original story » Plea: Not guilty to all charges. What's next: Pre-preliminary hearing scheduled for 12/16/10.

Three people were arrested in San Luis Obispo earlier this month after allegedly trying to use fake credit cards at Radio Shack.

On Oct. 15, employees at the Radio Shack in Arroyo Grande reported that several people were trying to use counterfeit credit cards, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department. The people left the city in a black Dodge Caravan, and were thought to be headed to San Luis Obispo.

Detectives from San Luis Obispo went to the Radio Shack on Madonna Road and found one of the suspects inside the store, according to the news release. They stopped a black Dodge Caravan in the parking lot and found two additional suspects.

Arrested were Victor Agnacio Fong, 35, of Norwalk; Marcos Ortega Ramirez, 28, of Southgate; and Aleyda Aracely Acevedo, 40, of Los Angeles.

The trio allegedly had counterfeit credit cards printed using Chase, Wells Fargo and Capital One logos. The credit cards were all embossed and encoded with fraudulent names, according to police, and also had security features that included UV technology.

Two of the suspects allegedly had fraudulent California drivers licenses that matched the credit cards.

Detectives said they were able to prove the cards were fraudulent because the bank numbers did not match the cards.

During the search of the suspects' vehicle, three gas pump skimming devices were found, along with 15 gas pump keys. Skimmer devices steal credit card numbers off a card's magnetic strip when it is used at a gas pump. The numbers can then be used to create a new fake debit or credit card.

San Luis Obispo detectives have been investigating numerous reports over the past few weeks of counterfeit credit cards and skimmer devices being used in San Luis Obispo.

The group was arrested on the following charges: Fong on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a skimmer, theft of an access card and an unlicensed driver; Ramirez on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a skimmer, theft of an access card and burglary; and Acevedo on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of skimmers, acquisition of a lost card and forgery.

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