Columbus police arrested three men from New York who are accused of using fraudulent credit cards to purchase cigarettes at a local gas stations during the weekend.
Police were sent to a convenience store in the 3100 block of Washington Street just before midnight Saturday 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.
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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.
All three are being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold, jail officials said.