Suspected Crime Ring Busted In Hurricane

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A national crime ring hit home and two players were busted and charged with stealing credit card information.

Police say Barrie Mohamed and Diello Lamine went to great lengths to steal credit card numbers.

"They would get your information from your banking account, then they would make debit cards," Hurricane Police Department Capt. S.J. Sisk told"They would take these debit cards to Walmart and different places and purchase gift cards, then they would send other people back to make purchases on the gift cards."

More than $10,000 worth of cigarettes, video games and other electronics were bought with fake debit cards from local stores.

"We uncovered all this stuff in their vehicle and on their person," Captain Sisk said.

Local business helped police in the investigation.

"We had information about these individuals. We shared that with some of the business here in Hurricane and they called us when these people came in to try to purchase this stuff and that's how we got on to them."

For the Hurricane Police Department, the arrests were only one step.
"We're trying to identify in our investigation how all the cards were purchased, where they were purchased, and how many victims were involved."

They also have to figure out just how much money is still on the gift cards. "It could go into the thousands. We have to see just how much money we're dealing with."

Police say at least one of the men is an illegal immigrant. They also say more people are involved, and more arrests are planned in the near future.

There's no word on what the suspects were doing with the merchandise.

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