Crime & Courts

2 sought in cloned credit cards case

Justin Avery
Justin Avery Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Two men picked the wrong store to use a cloned credit card when they entered the Dollar General on N.C. 16 South in Denver, N.C., last week.

Lincoln County sheriff’s Detective Richard Calhoun happened to be in the store office viewing surveillance video of $3,500 worth of gift cards that were purchased May 20 with fraudulent credit cards.

A store employee entered the office and told the detective that two men had entered the store and tried to buy multiple gift cards and groceries with a credit card that had been declined.

Calhoun called for backup and approached the men in the parking lot. After interviewing them, he placed them into custody and obtained a search warrant for their vehicle. He and other investigators found at least 50 fraudulent financial cards, most of which were cloned with stolen account information.

Justin Tyshawn Avery, 24, of Fuquay-Varina, and Leland Marquis Douglas, 25, of Charlotte, were arrested June 3 and charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses. Each was released on $25,000 bail.

On Tuesday, Calhoun filed more charges against the men, including felony possessing and transporting greater than five counterfeit instruments and felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

All of the compromised financial accounts that have been identified as belong to people from the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area and most are associated with the military, Calhoun said. An investigation into the origin of the financial data breach continues, the detective said.

Avery and Douglas have not been apprehended on the latest charges and have been entered into a statewide crime database as wanted, Calhoun said.

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