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Sylmar man accused of credit card scam

Posted: March 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A Sylmar man was arrested when he tried to pick up items from the Walmart at Centre Pointe Parkway that he allegedly purchased using an Arizona woman’s stolen credit card information, authorities said Wednesday.

The man, 29, was arrested at 7 p.m. Tuesday and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property after law enforcement was tipped off about the scam by Walmart security, Sgt. Darren Harris said.

The Arizona woman called Walmart after she received an email informing her that her order for electronics was ready to be picked up at the store. But the woman never placed an order, Harris said.

When Walmart officials looked into the suspicious order, Harris said they found that the Sylmar man had authorized himself to pick up the electronics and had made three separate orders using the woman’s information.

Deputies arrested the man as he tried to pick up the order. After he was arrested, law enforcement found unopened electronics, computer parts, cellphones and a “substantial” amount of cash in the man’s car after he was arrested, Harris said.
Harris said the man may have been selling the items he picked up. But authorities are still investigating the case.

More people may have been hit by the scam.

Walmart officials found that the man was listed as the secondary pick up for items purchased by people in Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma, Harris said.

According to arrest records, the man was being held on $20,000 bail Wednesday.


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