Federal and local authorities said they busted a ring of thieves Tuesday that used credit card information stolen from customers at local restaurants to make more than $500,000 worth of fraudulent purchases over the last two years.
A multi-agency raid hit locations in La Mirada, Whittier and La Habra to search for evidence of the scheme and to arrest 12 suspects. One final suspect remained on the run.
Federal officials said the scheme affected more than 500 credit cards.
A U.S. Department of Justice indictment detailed some of the hundreds of credit card charges, ranging from $300 to $3,000 at stores including Nordstrom and Samy’s Camera and dating back to 2013.
The document also lists specific items that were purchased in order to be resold at a later time.
Here’s a list of some of what was bought, according to the document:
• Tory Burch jewelry
• A gold purse
• Two Nikon D 750 DSLRs and a Cannon 5D mark 3 DSLR
• A wet suit
• Beats by Dre headphones
• GoPro cameras
• A stroller
• A crossbow for $2,000
• An Epson Projector
• A Uniden Walkie-Talkie
• Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch purses
• Designer belts
• An air conditioning unit