“They were going to gas stations, grocery stores and other places with these cloned credit cards to buy these cigarettes,” says Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.
Cloning credit cards is possible with a small device called that costs about $100 on eBay. The device reads credits cards then transfers the information onto another card with a magnetic strip; usually another credit card.
“It’s becoming a problem across the country, and especially here in the
“Cigarettes have become the target of cloned credit cards, especially here in
Investigators said the group re-encoded stolen credit card information onto phony cards and purchased cartons of cigarettes from stores all over the
In the newest development in the case, Lexington Police tell ABC 36, the ring leader of the group is now in custody.
“We knew there was one additional person that we were attempting to locate. We had a vehicle description and license plate number, and we, along with the secret service, put out an attempt to locate on the vehicle,” says Hobson. “Later in the evening we got a call from
The 10th suspect, Housseini Diakite, is who police are calling the mastermind of the operation.
Police say Diakite will be brought back to Lexington to face charges of Participating in Organized Crime, Theft by Deception, and numerous other charges. He is also facing similar charges in Tennessee.