HASTINGS, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Five people have been charged in Dakota County in a suspected identity theft ring that authorities believe impacted more than 150 victims.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says the suspects made initial court appearances Thursday where substantial bail amounts were set.READ MORE: 'I Just Want To Meet The Guy': Mountain Biker's Life Saved By Off-Duty Doctor On Minnesota Trail
The five men from Las Vegas were arrested after trying to use stolen credit card information to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards from an Eagan Sam’s Club. Investigators say the manager got suspicious and told Eagan police a group matching their description had just bought another $7,000 in gift cards an hour before at the Apple Valley Sam’s Club.READ MORE: Both Directions Of I-694 Reopen Following Police Incident In North Metro
Backstrom says one man told authorities the group flew to Minnesota recently. Backstrom’s office has charged 14 cases like it in 2015 and he suspects it’s part of a broader ring. The people use cloned credit cards containing stolen numbers but are in their own name. When arrested, the men had $21,000 in gift cards.
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