Nordstrom Fraud Case Busted in Walnut Creek

All of the fraud suspects are from Southern California

Monday, Feb 27, 2012  |  Updated 4:55 PM PDT
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Nordstrom Fraud Case Busted in Walnut Creek

The Feast/Julie Davis

Walnut Creek police have arrested three Southern California men in  connection with a series of fraudulent credit card purchases at Nordstrom stores all over the state.

Police were called to the Nordstrom at 1200 Broadway Plaza  Saturday around 4:15 p.m. by store officials who reported several suspects  using fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards, police said.

The three men were spotted in a van in the Nordstrom parking lot  and taken into custody.

Nordstrom security identified the suspects and told police they  were also suspected of numerous other frauds at Nordstrom stores in other  parts of California.

A search of the suspects and van turned up more than $10,000 worth  of gift cards and credit cards belonging to other people.

Police arrested Xianglong Cao, 30, of Monterey Park, Calif.,  Jarmar Taiwan Bethea, 29, of Los Angeles, and Joseph Velner Quinney, 34, of  Compton, Calif. All three were held on suspicion of burglary, forgery and  conspiracy, and bail is set at $70,000 each.

Anyone with more information on this incident is asked to call  Walnut Creek police at (925) 943-5844.

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