Ten people arrested for cloning credit cards, stealing fuel

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. -

Nearly a dozen people are behind bars after an elaborate scheme to clone credit cards and steal diesel fuel.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said it found the suspects with over 250 cloned credits of nearly $20,000 in fraudulent charges.

The arrest report said the suspects "would transport the fuel in various vehicles equipped with illegal, homemade fuel tanks."

"People work hard for their money nowadays, and just for people to go out and steal like that like it’s nothing. It’s really sad what the world's come to these days," Daymen Miller said.

It also said they had $590, a credit card reader, multiple sets of fuel pump keys, and two fuel nozzles with attached hoses.

"That's scary. Just to think people can steal that much, and like it’s nothing," said Miller.

Lee County released the following statement in response to the arrests:

"Our team works relentlessly to prevent criminals from stealing our residents' hard-earned money,' Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. "Our deputies and detectives are committed to protecting the citizens of Lee County."

Two of the suspects were arrested in a similar incident last week.

Deputies stopped Yoel Lopez-Gomez and Andres Fernandez-Izquierdo near Lehigh Acres. Deputies said they found dozens of tweaked gift cards and two fuel tanks in the back seat of the SUV.

Right now we're working to find out if deputies are looking for more suspects.


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