GLENWOOD | A six-week investigation has led to the arrests of two individuals facing multiple charges regarding credit card fraud at the Walmart at 19225 Halsted St., police said.
Marques Taylor, 24, of Melrose Park, has been charged with seven counts of unlawful use of a credit card and one count of possession of a counterfeit debit or credit card.
Tyrone Morris, 27, of Chicago, is charged with one count of unlawful use of a credit card and one count of possession of a counterfeit credit or debit card.
Glenwood police arrested both individuals on Sept. 26 after observing a vehicle that fit a description of one of the suspects pull into the Walmart parking lot. Police had received a call there was a deceptive practice in progress.
Glenwood Detective Tom Morache said police had been obtaining surveillance video and receipts since its investigation on the pair began Aug. 13.
He said that when they were arrested on Sept. 26, Morris and Taylor had in their possession a total of 23 re-encoded credit cards.
He said they were able to somehow obtain account numbers from people's debit or credit cards and impose them on the magnetic strips of cards. However, the information in the strip did not match up with the information on the front of the card.
Morache said the suspects had been charged with only two counts of possession of counterfeit cards because police were only able to reach two of the account holders whose information had been stolen.
"We're in the process of getting a hold of the other 21 and we talked to our state's attorney and we're gonna end up indicting them on 21 more felonies for those," he said.
Morache said the Walmart in Glenwood was not the only business hit with credit card fraud.
He said one of the re-encoded cards obtained by police on Sept. 26 had been swiped for "about eight or nine thousand dollars" on Sept. 24 between Walmart and Meijer stores in Aurora, Bloomingdale, Naperville and Oswego.
"What they would do is they would get gift cards and then were selling the gift cards," Morache said.
The pair could also face additional charges of unlawful use of credit cards, Morache said.