4 arrested for alleged use of fake credit cards at Best Buy

Bay City News
Thursday, July 23, 2015

SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- Several suspects were arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to use fraudulent credit cards at a San Carlos Best Buy. The estimated value of the items stolen was $125,000.

Edwin Fernandez, 23, of Quincy, Massachusetts, Elijah Clarke, 20, of Middletown, New York, Musa Kanuteh, 29, of Bronx, New York, and Mitchell Malachi, 26, of Fayetteville, Georgia, were arrested in the case.

They were arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary, identity theft, fraudulent use of access cards, manufacturing faces access cards, possession of an access card with intent to defraud and conspiracy, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies responded at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday to the Best Buy at 1127 Industrial Road in San Carlos in response to a report of people attempting to use fraudulent credit cards.

Responding deputies were able to take the suspects into custody as they were driving out of the store's parking lot.

Deputies discovered hundreds of fraudulent gift cards and credit cards and equipment used to manufacture gift cards and credit cards in the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

There were also 131 new iPhone 6s, associated accessories, two MacBook Pros and high-end clothing found in the vehicle, deputies said.