Quick thinking store clerk foils credit card fraud
WESTPORT — A quick thinking gas station clerk foiled two suspects plan to purchase cigarettes using fraudulent credit cards.
Police were dispatched to Exxon on June 9 at around 7 p.m. on a report a male and female attempted to make a large cigarette purchase using a fraudulent credit card. The store clerk immediately recognized the suspects as they attempted a similar purchase a week earlier.
The suspects, Geraldy Beraud, 23, of Saint Albans, NY and Aliyah Somerville, 23, of Rosedale, NY left the store before police arrived but officers located their vehicle shortly after in the Shake Shack parking lot and found Beraud and Somerville inside the restaurant.
Officers then found several fraudulent credit cards with Beraud’s and Somerville’s names on them in the Shake Shack bathroom garbage as well as over 20 cartons of stolen cigarettes in the trunk of the vehicle.
Beraud and Somerville were both charged with unlawful completion/reproduction of credit card, tampering with evidence, credit card counterfeiting/forgery, conspiracy to commit credit card counterfeiting, conspiracy to commit unlawful reproduction of credit card, and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.
Beraud was given a $25,000 bond and Somerville was given a bond of $10,000 and both are scheduled to appear in court in Norwalk on June 20.