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Beaverton police arrest three in department store thefts

Counterfeit credit cards likely used in thefts from Best Buy, Nordstrom and Apple Store


by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - A search of the vehicle and the hotel room where the suspects were staying led investigators to seize approximately $20,000 in property, $5,000 to $10,000 in gift cards, $1,500 cash and more than 100 counterfeit credit cards.Beaverton police arrested three people on Sunday accused of stealing merchandise from several stores in Oregon using counterfeit credit cards.

Montral Demond Matthews, 27, Melissa Vongphakdy, 22, and Linda Vongphakdy, 24, all California residents, were arrested in the investigation.

A Beaverton Police Department sergeant spotted a vehicle on Sunday, Jan. 26, around 5 p.m. that had been involved in a reported theft of merchandise at the Best Buy at 8905 S.W. Cascade Ave. The Nordstom loss-prevention office relayed information to Beaverton police detectives about an out-of-state counterfeit credit card crew targeting Best Buy and other Beaverton businesses.

The information included the license plate of the suspect vehicle as well as descriptions of the suspects. by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Linda Vongphakdy

Police officers stopped the vehicle near Washington Square Mall and arrested the three subjects. A search of the vehicle and the hotel room where the suspects were staying led investigators to seize approximately $20,000 in property, $5,000 to $10,000 in gift cards, $1,500 cash and more than 100 counterfeit credit cards, said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton Police Department spokesman.

Before they were apprehended, the suspects apparently drove up to Oregon from California on Sunday using counterfeit credit cards at stores including Best Buy, Toys R US, Apple and Nordstrom in Springfield, Salem, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton. The suspects purchased items such as iPads, iPhone 5s, gift cards, money orders and high-end clothing, including brands such as Burberry, UGG, Louis Vuitton, True Religion, Lacoste and Polo.

All three suspects were lodged in the Washington County Jail, pending $25,000 bond, on accusations of aggravated identity theft, first-degree aggravated theft, organized retail crime and other related crimes.

The Tigard Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Unit and Nordstrom Loss Prevention played a large role in making this a successful investigation, Rowe said.

by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Melissa Vongphakdy by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Montral Matthews




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