Arrested: Able Duarte, 52, Miami, FL
Charges: Grand Theft (F), Burglary (F)
On Sept. 11th around 11:00 am Boise Police were contacted by a loss prevention employee at a local business. The loss prevention employee had received a report of fraudulent transactions over the weekend on a local victim’s credit card at two stores. The business also had video surveillance of the suspect making several similar purchases of gift cards using other stolen credit card numbers. After an investigation, Boise Police learned that the suspect had been using credit cards from two local victims. Both of the victims still had the cards in their possession. Details are unavailable at this time about how the suspect received the victim’s credit card information. One victim had 10 fraudulent charges to his card, another victim had 3 fraudulent charges.
Information about the suspect was quickly shared with other local business thanks to the Organized Retail Crime Association whose members include retails outlets and law enforcement throughout Southern Idaho. An employee in Eagle recognized the suspect leaving their store and obtained a licenses plate number for the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect and his rented vehicle were located around 3:15 yesterday in a parking lot on the 1200 block of Milwaukee Street. The suspect, identified as Able Duarte, was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. Boise Police are working with other area law enforcement on this ongoing investigation.
Officers appreciate the cooperation of the local business community to work together to fight retail crime. For more on the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho go to https://orcaid.org/.
The victims and the banks in this case were able to catch the fraudulent activity quickly and it aided police in catching the suspect. Here are some additional tips to avoid becoming a victim.
- Carefully review your financial statements on a regular basis for possible errors and or fraud.
- Check your credit regularly.
- Never share personal information with someone you don't know for unnecessary reasons.
- When traveling or making Internet purchases use a credit card instead of a debit card. Fraudulent charges are easier to resolve with a credit card.