By Talia Kaplan
St. Peters, MO (KSDK)- An alert St. Peters Walmart clerk is being credited with uncovering what appears to be a nation-wide identity theft ring.
Police say the scheme involved thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent purchases at local stores.
Police say it all started in Miami, Florida and ended in St. Peters with the arrest of four people. Now 36-year-old Marlon Ardite, 21-yearold Dayan Rodriguez, 26-year-old Danay Gonzalez, and 42-year-old Osleyda Martinez all from Miami, are charged with forgery and identity theft.
St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Jack Banas says they are accused of getting a hold of people's identities, manufacturing credit card devices and using them in several states. He says a lot of the victims in these cases are outside the State of Missouri. St. Peters Police are now working with federal agencies to determine if there are more victims including some in Missouri.
Police say on February 8th the four used fraudulent credit and debit cards at a Walgreens in St. Peters, then went to Walmart and used them again. Banas says an alert clerk noticed suspicious activity and called police. A St. Peters police officer spotted the four suspects about a mile from Walmart near another Walgreens on Jungerman Road. According to the probable cause statement, when they were taken into custody they had about 50 debit cards and about 40 gift cards worth about $10,000.
The investigation is ongoing and the suspects could face more charges.
Each is being held in the St. Charles county jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.