GRAPEVINE – Five people face an assortment of charges after police confiscated from hotel rooms more than 100 stolen credit card numbers and equipment to make fraudulent cards.
Several grams of methamphetamine also were seized from a hotel room where suspects had been staying.
“None of the stolen credit card numbers were local,” according to a police news release. “All were linked to businesses or people who live out of this area, most in other states.”
Some of the credit card numbers came from Florida, police spokeswoman Amanda McNew said Thursday in a telephone interview.
Detectives had not determined how the suspects got the credit card numbers.
Officers began an investigation April 29, when an employee from Comfort Suites in Grapevine called police to report people tried to pay with a credit card that had a fraud alert on it.
Authorities arrived at the Comfort Suites and arrested Lowe. A few minutes later, Swinney was taken into custody in a vehicle a few blocks from the hotel.
Dispatchers began calling other hotels in the area and at Great Wolf Lodge they found an individual using a credit card with the same name as the one with the fraud alert at the Comfort Suites. Burton, Lindberg and Riley were arrested at Great Wolf Lodge.
In a room at Great Wolf Lodge, authorities found a list of credit card numbers, a credit card embosser and several grams of methamphetamine.
Charged with engaging in organized criminal activity were Burton, Lindberg and Riley. Burton also has been charged with drug possession. He was in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Linberg was in the Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, while Riley was out on $10,000 bail.
Swinney was arrested on outstanding warrants and Lowe faces a drug possession charge.
Jail records on Lowe and Swinney indicated they were free Thursday, but bail information was not available.
Source: Star Telegram