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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | February 3, 2011
A Glendale man was arrested this week on suspicion of using a credit card skimmer to obtain personal information from unsuspecting customers of a Shell gasoline station in Laguna Beach last summer, according to Laguna Beach police. Akop Tadevosovich Changryan, 27, was arrested Jan. 27 after a lengthy investigation, police Lt. Jason Kravetz stated in a news release. The devices were placed on the gas pumps of the station and would be removed after the station was closed, Kravetz stated.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
Laguna Beach police are searching for a man and woman suspected of stealing credit cards from parked cars, then using the cards at south Orange County stores. On Feb. 3, the couple reportedly stole credit cards from vehicles in Laguna Beach and used them at Albertson's in Laguna Beach, Wal-Mart in Laguna Niguel and CVS in Dana Point, according to Laguna Beach police. The female suspect is described as white, in her mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds. The male suspect is described as in his mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds.
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By Joanna Clay | September 29, 2011
Laguna Beach police have arrested four members of an alleged credit card fraud ring and detectives plan to serve arrest warrants on two additional suspects. The suspected ring leader, Dwight Christian Vaccaro, 46, was arrested at his Costa Mesa home Sept. 22 on suspicion of manufacturing and distributing fraudulent credit cards, according to Laguna Police Sgt. Robert Rahaeuser. Police said the suspects will likely be charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, fraudulent use of access cards and commercial burglary.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
A man was arrested Thursday after allegedly using stolen credit card numbers to rent hotel rooms in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Harold Eric Larson, 37, of Orange is charged with burglary, grand theft, misrepresentation of a credit card holder, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft with a prior conviction and violation of probation. Police said that Larson rented a room at the Montage Resort on Dec. 21 using a stolen credit card, but the alleged fraud wasn't discovered until two days later.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
Laguna Beach police are alerting gasoline customers that three credit card skimming machines have been found at the Shell Station at 1342 N. Coast Hwy. since July 1, police Sgt. Louise Callus said. The first card scanner was found July 23 and two more have been discovered at the location since that time, she said. "At this point, we have only had 11 people tell Shell that they had used that particular pump but we only have one victim that has had the credit card compromised," Callus said.
LOCAL
August 29, 2008
Vandalism suspected in Club damage The Laguna Beach Woman?s Club building on St. Ann?s Drive sustained $700 worth of water damage, members reported Aug. 21. An employee arrived at the club to find water all over the floor, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. A plumber could not locate the source of the water, which apparently came from outside. Mother arrested for allegedly stealing food A 36-year-old mother of two was apprehended after she allegedly tried to steal 12 food items, valued at $69.88, from a supermarket in the 600 block of North Coast Highway at 2:02 p.m. Aug. 21, Kravetz said.
NEWS
August 29, 2003
It usually happens when you would least expect it. You lost a credit card a few months back, you discovered that some of your mail was stolen or you even innocently gave out all of your personal information while filling out a loan application. Then bang! The creditors are calling and wondering why you are late on the credit card payment for cards you never knew you had. How did this happen? It started with the criminal who stole your information or received it during a legitimate credit transaction and later sold it to others.
NEWS
By: | September 21, 2005
Transactions will boost donations For the next two months, Lockheed Federal Credit Union will make a donation to the American Red Cross for credit card or signature-based transactions. Each time one of its 100,000 members use a Lockheed Federal Credit Union Visa or make a credit card purchase with a Visa Check Card, the credit union will make a donation, which officials estimate will be more than $40,000. The donations will be made to benefit relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.
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December 28, 2012
A man was arrested Thursday after allegedly using stolen credit card numbers to rent hotel rooms in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Harold Eric Larson, 37, of Orange is charged with burglary, grand theft, misrepresentation of a credit card holder, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft with a prior conviction and violation of probation. Police said that Larson rented a room at the Montage Resort on Dec. 21 using a stolen credit card, but the alleged fraud wasn't discovered until two days later.
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NEWS
February 14, 2012
Laguna Beach police are searching for a man and woman suspected of stealing credit cards from parked cars, then using the cards at south Orange County stores. On Feb. 3, the couple reportedly stole credit cards from vehicles in Laguna Beach and used them at Albertson's in Laguna Beach, Wal-Mart in Laguna Niguel and CVS in Dana Point, according to Laguna Beach police. The female suspect is described as white, in her mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds. The male suspect is described as in his mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds.
NEWS
January 5, 2012
Stolen items include residents' personal information Laguna Niguel's Recreation Department Registration Office was burglarized last week, according to a letter the city sent customers of the department. Among the items taken were registration forms and credit card transaction slips with personal information on them — like names, addresses, phone numbers, account numbers and expiration dates — according to the letter. The break-in occurred sometime between Dec. 25 and 27. The notice informed residents who may have registered for classes or programs in the office, by fax or by mail that their information is at risk.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | September 29, 2011
Laguna Beach police have arrested four members of an alleged credit card fraud ring and detectives plan to serve arrest warrants on two additional suspects. The suspected ring leader, Dwight Christian Vaccaro, 46, was arrested at his Costa Mesa home Sept. 22 on suspicion of manufacturing and distributing fraudulent credit cards, according to Laguna Police Sgt. Robert Rahaeuser. Police said the suspects will likely be charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, fraudulent use of access cards and commercial burglary.
NEWS
April 7, 2011
Area 1 Cliff Drive: A woman reported that her intoxicated boyfriend took her car keys and credit card in the 200 block at 8:45 p.m. March 31. The credit card was returned, and the car was not stolen. Beverly Street: A Santa Ana man was arrested for possessing alcohol under the age of 21 near North Coast Highway at 12:32 a.m. Saturday. Cliff Drive: A person reported that they believed a man stole a laptop in the 300 block at 11:39 a.m. Sunday. He overheard him talking to someone about taking it. Police seized the laptop.
NEWS
February 10, 2011
Thousands reported stolen from Montage A person in Texas is suspected of embezzling $40,000 from the Montage Resort Laguna by creating false checks and depositing 30 of them into an account at a Texas bank, according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus. The incident was reported to Laguna Beach police at 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to police records. The checks were written on the hotel's payroll account, Callus said. Laguna police are handing the case over to law enforcement in Texas for investigation.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | February 3, 2011
A Glendale man was arrested this week on suspicion of using a credit card skimmer to obtain personal information from unsuspecting customers of a Shell gasoline station in Laguna Beach last summer, according to Laguna Beach police. Akop Tadevosovich Changryan, 27, was arrested Jan. 27 after a lengthy investigation, police Lt. Jason Kravetz stated in a news release. The devices were placed on the gas pumps of the station and would be removed after the station was closed, Kravetz stated.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
Laguna Beach police are alerting gasoline customers that three credit card skimming machines have been found at the Shell Station at 1342 N. Coast Hwy. since July 1, police Sgt. Louise Callus said. The first card scanner was found July 23 and two more have been discovered at the location since that time, she said. "At this point, we have only had 11 people tell Shell that they had used that particular pump but we only have one victim that has had the credit card compromised," Callus said.
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