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Troopers from the Indiana State Police arrested three men from Kansas City, Missouri this past Wednesday evening on I-69 in Huntington County on an allegation they had possessed an illegal card skimming device along with a large amount of fraudulent credit cards.

The three men were taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Huntington County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

 

Omar C. Sosa, 19 of Kansas City, Missouri   

  • Unlawful Possession of a Card Skimming Device, Level 6 Felony
  • Forgery-Counterfeiting, Level 6 Felony
  • Fraud, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Adrian Miguel Abreu Boza, 19 of Kansas City, Missouri

  • Unlawful Possession of a Card Skimming Device, Level 6 Felony
  • Forgery-Counterfeiting, Level 6 Felony
  • Fraud, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

Alejandro Abreu Martinez, 27 of Kansas City, Missouri

  • Unlawful Possession of a Card Skimming Device, Level 6 felony
  • Forgery-Counterfeiting, Level 6 Felony
  • Fraud, Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor

The investigation conducted by Troopers Alaa Hamed and Christopher Eagles indicated at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, they stopped a Nissan SUV northbound at the 287.7 mile marker for a traffic violation.

As Hamed and Eagles interacted with the three men inside of the vehicle, their suspicions were heightened by the men’s behavior and information they were providing.  Eagles’ K-9 partner “Axle” conducted a free air sniff around the exterior of the vehicle and following a positive alert, the vehicle was searched.

During the course of the search, a credit card skimming device which was plugged into a laptop computer was located along with more than 160 plastic credit cards, more than 60 MasterCard gift cards, tampering tools, and approximately 1 gram of suspected marijuana.  As a result of their findings and further investigation, a search warrant was obtained and executed on a room at the Motel 6 in the 4300 block of Southport Crossings Way in Indianapolis by Troopers from the Indianapolis post.

During the course of that search, “several hundred” fraudulent cards and a hard drive were located.  In all, according to Hamed, approximately 500 fraudulent cards and gift cards with an approximate value of $50,000.00 were seized.

A copy of this investigation will also be forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.  The Markle Police Department assisted troopers at the scene.

All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law.