Jan 26, 2016 4:33 PM
5 people from NY arrested in Salem, accused of using bogus credit cards
SALEM - Police arrested five people from Brooklyn, N.Y. accused of using bogus credit cards to buy a large number of gift cards at the Lowe's home improvement store.
Police were contacted by the store about some suspicious transactions. A group had all arrived from what appeared to be the same minivan and were purchasing a large number of store gift cards using credit cards.
When officers arrived, one of the men ran out of the store and into the waiting van, which attempted to leave the area. Officer stopped the van and located the credit cards, which turned out to be fraudulent. They had the names of individuals arrested on them, but the magnetic tape on the back contained personal and financial information belonging to other individuals.
Police say the information was likely skimmed from another location.
Ende Zou, 24, who was charged with theft by deception, falsifying physical evidence and resisting arrest. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail.
Huang Chen, 28, who was charged with theft by decision and held on $10,000 cash bail.
Dong Yeng, 28, who was charged with theft by deception and held on $10,000 cash bail.
Junyin Jiang, 20, who was charged with theft by deception, falsifying physical evidence and possession of a cocaine. She was held on $5,000 cash bail.
Sheng Lin, 25, who was charged with theft by deception, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. He was held on $1,500 cash bail.
All five were arraigned in Salem District Court and are scheduled for probable cause hearings on Monday.