Gallatin police have arrested a man they say is part of a crime group responsible for using stolen debit card information from multiple states to make fraudulent financial transactions across Middle Tennessee.
Officers responded to Regions Bank, located at 285 East Main St., on July 26 in response to a suspicious person who was attempting to use multiple cards at the bank's ATM. The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Mickael Josue Victoriano, fled on foot when police arrived and was taken into custody following a brief pursuit.
During a search, more than 30 phony debit cards were discovered along with thousands of dollars in a rental car.
"A majority of the Middle Tennessee area is going to be involved in this to some degree," said Investigator Charlie Belote who apprehended Victoriano. "It definitely seems to be some form of an organized crime group considering the sophistication of everything."
Police say the Venezuelan national flew into Nashville from Florida on July 17 with two other men - Ricardo Adames and Daniel Colmeares. The trio is believed to have been involved with other skimmer scams and fraudulent transactions throughout Middle Tennessee including in Hendersonville, Mt. Juliet, Brentwood and Franklin.
"The (card numbers) that we were able to track down are from multiple states and multiple cities within Tennessee," Lt. Lamar Ballard said. "They've got warrants in Florida for the same thing, so they're hitting multiple states. We even had a prior incident also involving these individuals around May 25 of this year."
Victoriano has been charged with being a fugitive from justice, resisting arrest and failure to stop, halt and frisk.
Police are still attempting to locate Adames and Colmeares. They are possibly driving a Nissan, unknown model, with the Texas tag GTX5908.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the Gallatin Police Department at (615) 452-1313.