PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Pawtucket Police arrest two men, who were alleged victims of a home invasion, when police found that they had equipment used to steal data and make fake identification.
On Wednesday, June 6,2018, police responded to a call on an alleged home invasion.
Three men were arrested in connection with this robbery, but police examined the apartment to find a firearm allegedly used in the break in.
In examining the apartment, police came upon equipment used to create fraudulent identification, credit cards, and equipment used to steal credit and debit card date that appeared to belong to the residents.
After finding this information, police applied and were approved for a court-authorized search warrant. According to the press release, a “mountain of materials” were obtained, all used to make fake identification, credit cards, and equipment used to steal the credit and debit card data of unsuspecting individuals.
On Friday, June 8, just two days after the alleged invasion, Juan Josue Rodriguez-Castro, 35, and Wilberd Armando Reyes-Castro, aka “Jose M. Robels-Burgos,” 25, were both charged with possession of equipment to produce fraudulent credit cards and possession of equipment to produce fraudulent identification documents.
“The items seized by police included at least 7 laptops, skimming equipment used to steal credit and debit card information at gas pumps, a mobile credit card reader, the apparent inside of an ATM machine, a photo ID card printer, numerous flip phones, a laminating machine, color printers, numerous flash drives, other card readers, card scanners, blank checks, boxes of identification holograms used to make driver’s licenses from the states of Wyoming, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Tennessee and Connecticut, 3 Dominican passports in the names of other individuals, numerous blank credit cards with chips, paper cutter, color ribbons and numerous other items commonly used in the creation of fraudulent identification documents and access devices.”