From the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested three people from Tampa who used multiple cloned credits cards to buy prepaid gift cards at two Sarasota Winn Dixie stores.
Members of the Tactical Unit were at the Bee Ridge Road location on an unrelated case Thursday when they spotted a black SUV enter the parking lot, park away from the building and the three occupants separately enter the store. Store personnel confirmed that the woman and two men tried to use numerous credit cards to buy pre-paid gift cards and completed transactions totaling more than $400. TAC continued surveillance as the suspects traveled to the Fruitville Road Winn Dixie and made additional purchases totaling $640.
Deputies stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and the subjects consented to a search. In all, deputies located 88 cloned credit cards, 20 $200 Visa gift cards and receipts from additional Sarasota County stores.
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Javier Machin-Lorenzo, DOB 3/22/72, Elide Tamayo-Ramirez, DOB 8/31/93 and Beatriz Cruz-Marrero are all charged with Trafficking in Fraudulent Credit Cards and are currently being held in the Sarasota County Jail. Additional charges are pending