During the months of July and August 2018, local law enforcement agencies have investigated multiple reports of debit card number thefts from both individual citizens and local banks. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department and the Magnolia Police Department have received reports of debit cards being used at local convenience stores pay at the pump locations, then the card holders finding charges had been made to their bank accounts. Three suspects were observed from surveillance videos, who were believed to be using the victims bank card information at ATM’s in multiple locations. Officers identified vehicle descriptions as well during the investigation. On the evening of August 28, 2018, officers located the vehicle and suspects at a local hotel. Further investigation led to the arrest of three men, and the recovery evidence of the reported criminal acts.
Yerandy Valdes, 30 years old of Miami, Florida, Juan Delgado Ramos, 55 years old of Miami, Florida, and Felix Perez Valladares, 40 years old of Miami, Florida, were all three arrested on multiple charges of Fraudulent Use of Credit Card and Theft of Property (debit card numbers). All three are being held at the Columbia County Detention Facility awaiting first appearances.