Police arrest man they believe used stolen credit card numbers

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 4:33pm

Detectives from the Metro police fraud unit arrested a man they believe is up to his old tricks — but with a new twist.

Gilberto Sanchez first piqued the attention of police a last year when they said he shoplifted gift cards from Bass Pro Shop in Opry Mills. Now police said Sanchez, 57, has been using stolen credit card numbers to buy gift cards and other items.

Police arrested Sanchez Wednesday and charged him with fraudulent use of a credit card after he allegedly used stolen credit card information to purchase almost $1,300 worth of goods from Bass Pro Shop last October.

When police executed a search warrant at Sanchez’s house Wednesday morning, they said they found $2,500 in cash, jewelry, three vehicles — including a Jaguar — televisions and fur coats. The next day search warrants executed on two of his safety deposit boxes turned up $44,000, according to police.

Detectives are looking into connections that Sanchez might have in other states that might have helped him gain access to the compromised credit card numbers.

Further charges, possibly stretching into other jurisdictions as well, are expected in the future. Sanchez is set to appear in court next week.

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1 Comment on this post:

By: Nitzche on 5/20/11 at 4:13

Gilberto Sanchez?? wonder if he knew any of those in that truck load of disenfrachised brothers?