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Florida men accused of using stolen credit card numbers in Maryland Heights

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An unidentified shopper swipes a credit card to make a purchase. An unidentified shopper swipes a credit card to make a purchase.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Scammers are now getting ahold of credit card numbers and embossing a new card with the number and a name that matches their identification.

“They’ll take our credit card numbers and they’ll immediately start making their own credit cards,” Maryland Heights Detective Sean Fanning said.  “There are some tools that they need to do that. May times they have these tools.”

In recent weeks, two suspects, Rogelio Deleon and Pedro Lopez, were accused of taking credit card information from residents in St. Louis County. The suspects allegedly went on a shopping spree at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Best Buy in Manchester. According to police, the two suspects charged nearly $1,000 to a Shrewsbury woman’s card while staying in a hotel room in Maryland Heights.

Deleon was arrested in Maryland Heights and found to be in possession of 14 Visa and MasterCard credit and gift cards. At least seven of the account numbers have been confirmed as stolen, police said.

Deleon and Lopez are both from Miami and police believe they came to St. Louis specifically to commit these crimes.

St. Louis is currently ranked third in the country for credit card theft crime.

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