SARASOTA -- Four men were arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of 23 fraudulent credit cards used to buy more than $14,000 worth or merchandise over two days from the Mall at University Town Center, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies received calls on Friday that two men were making numerous purchases totaling more than $4,000 with possibly fraudulent credit cards at the Mall at UTC, according to an arrest report. They were reported by Macy's Asset Protection.
Deputies checked with Capitol One Bank on Tuesday and confirmed that the cards were fraudulent.
That same day, deputies received reports that the two men had returned to the Mall at UTC with another two men, according to the report. Deputies observed the four men going into stores separately, making purchases, placing the merchandise in a black Hyundai and then going back into the mall.
Ricardy Multidor, Shnyder Rouzar, Vladimir Saint-Hilaire and Mickenson Desir were seen taking more than $10,000 in gift cards and merchandise on Tuesday, according to deputies. The vehicle was registered to a man from Miramar, Fla., who was not with them.
The deputies approached the suspects at the vehicle in the parking lot at the Mall at UTC and said they observed a, "strong odor of marijuana."
All four gave consent to deputies to search their wallets, and deputies found 23 credit cards embossed with the suspect's names, and the cards' information did not match information in the magnetic strip, according to the report.
The vehicle was searched and deputies found an unlisted amount of marijuana in the car and merchandise bought, according to the report.
The four suspects were arrested and each was charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards. They are being held in the Sarasota County jail on $25,000 bond each.