3 Missouri men arrested in Huntington County for alleged credit card fraud operation

Indiana State Police troopers arrested three men from Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday night on Interstate 69 in Huntington County after finding them in possession of an illegal credit card-skimming device and a total of about 500 fraudulent credit cards and gift cards with an estimated value of $50,000.

The arrests came after Troopers Alaa Hamed and Christopher Eagles stopped a Nissan SUV for a traffic violation about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near the 287.7 mile marker on I-69, a state police news release said.

The troopers became suspicious because of the way the men acted, and Eagles’ K-9 partner Axle was asked to conduct a free air sniff around the exterior of the SUV, the news release said. After the dog gave a positive alert, the troopers searched the vehicle.

The troopers allegedly found a credit card-skimming device, which was plugged into a laptop computer, and more than 160 plastic credit cards, more than 60 MasterCard gift cards, tampering tools and about 1 gram of suspected marijuana, the news release said.

As a result of those findings and further investigation, troopers from the Indianapolis State Police post obtained a search warrant for a room at the Motel 6 in the 4300 block of Southport Crossings Way in Indianapolis. The search there allegedly found several hundred fraudulent cards and a hard drive.

The three men were taken into custody without incident and booked into the Huntington County Jail.

Omar C. Sosa, 19, Adrian Miguel Abreu Boza, 19, and Alejandro Abreu Martinez, 27, all of Kansas City, Mo., each were arrested on preliminary charges of unlawful possession of a card-skimming device, forgery-counterfeiting, fraud and possession of marijuana.

A copy of the Huntington County investigation will be forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for their review. The Markle Police Department assisted troopers at the scene of the arrest.