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Alabama woman’s debit card alert while making police report leads to arrest of 3 men

DAPHNE, Ala. — A debit card fraud alert helped police in Alabama capture three men suspected of stealing several thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and possibly involved with several car break-ins, authorities said.

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Daphne Police Capt. Brian Gulsby said a woman was at a school event at the Trione Sports Complex when she noticed her debit card had been taken, WALA-TV reported.

Several days later, the woman’s bank contacted her and said someone had been using her debit card, according to the television station. While the woman was filling out a report at the police department, she received an alert about a suspicious transaction nearby at a Dick’s Sporting Goods retail outlet.

“They charged recent charges at Dick’s Sporting Goods (that) popped up, and (it) just so happened to be two officers there nearby and they encounter these three individuals back behind the building carrying bags” from the store, Gulsby told WKRG-TV.

Police arrested three Florida residents, according to WALA: Diego Roman Cortez Rojas, 37, of Orlando; Luis Eduardo Chavarria Montoya, 33, of Kissimmee; and Mauricio Alfredo Gonzalez Reyes, 31, of Hollywood.

Gulsby told the television station that the men were “actually changing clothes.”

Each man was charged with four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of burglar’s tools, WALA reported. They also face misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle the men were allegedly driving was a white Mercedes, WKRG reported. Police found more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shop and Game Stop, but also a stolen wallet, according to the television station.

While the men have not yet been tied to recent vehicle break-ins, Gulsby said they had the means to commit the crimes.

“We did recover some burglary tools, window punch and a crowbar, which would certainly lead us to believe they are involved in the vehicle B&E business,” Gulsby told WKRG. “But whether they did the ones in Daphne over the weekend or not, we don’t know yet.”