Three arrested in what police call a large credit card skimming ring

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 19:03:10-05

New York State Police have arrested three Florida men in connection to a large credit card skimming operation.

State Police say the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) responded to Walmart in the Town of Albion after the men attempted to use fraudulent gift cards.

Troopers say when they approached one of the men, Yordani Ramirez-Salgado, 27 of Miami, he tried running away ad resisted arrest.

Ramirez-Salgado was taken to SP Albion for processing.

The other two suspects, Ernesto Alvarez-Santos, 20, and Abel Garcia-Fernandez, 31, both from Hialeah, FL, left the scene in a red Nissan Versa, according to police.

Troopers say the car was later found by an off duty Orleans County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) dispatcher on State Route 98. Both suspects were detained and taken to SP Albion.

All three are being held in Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The three men came from Florida with the intent to obtain credit card information, according to officials.

Troopers believe these three suspects are part of a larger group of suspects who are using devices and the internet to steal credit card information.

State Police are working with the Secret Service, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, OCSO, Genesee County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies.

Officials say it is possible hundreds of credit card information has been taken.

This is an ongoing investigation.

If you are a victim of credit card fraud, contact the State Police at 585-344-6200.