New York residents arrested on felony fraud charges

Columbus police arrested three men from New York who are accused of using fraudulent credit cards to purchase cigarettes at several local gas stations during the weekend.

Police were sent to the Village Pantry, 3184 Washington St., about the three attempting to purchase multiple cartons of cigarettes, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers found Greggory E. Arzu, 21, Gregory R, Meade, 20, and Hamou Soumare, 21, all of Brooklyn, New York in the parking lot and confirmed that two of them had given officers false identification, Harris said.

Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle and officers found marijuana as well as a credit card skimming device inside the vehicle.

Arzu was arrested on charges of felony fraud and felony possession of a credit card skimming device, Harris said. Meade was arrested on charges of felony fraud, felony possession of a credit card skimming device and misdemeanor false informing, he said. Soumare was arrested on charges of felony fraud, felony possession of a credit card skimming device, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor false informing, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.