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By Rick Boston
Staff Writer 

Police Arrest Three for Credit Card Fraud at Walmart

 

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Brian Marte

Three men are behind bars after police said they attempted to purchase two Apple iWatches from the East Freedom Walmart while using a stolen credit card.

According to the charges filed by Freedom Township Police, on the morning of March 24, a Freedom Township woman called police to report unauthorized transactions on her credit card. She told police that her account was used to purchase two Apple iWatches from Walmart. The victim said she notified Walmart of the fraudulent purchase.

Later that morning, a Walmart manager called police when four men arrived at the store in a red sedan with tinted windows and parked in the customer order-pickup spaces. One of the suspects called into the store, claiming they were there to pick up an order of two iWatches for the victim and provided the victim's name to store employees.

Aware of the alleged fraud, a Walmart employee attempted to stall the suspects until police arrived by telling them that one of the watches had broken and they were waiting on a manager to unlock the case to get another one.

Officers from Freedom Township, Blair Township and Hollidaysburg State Police responded to the call and removed the suspects from the vehicle to identify them. Police noted there was an odor of marijuana present in the vehicle. Police separated the suspects for questioning.

The men are Christopher Zorrilla, 19; and Moises Zorrilla, 20; both of the Bronx, N.Y.; Brian Manuel Marte, 20, of Chambersburg; and a fourth man who has not been charged.

Police said that all four claimed to not know why police were questioning them and two of the suspects, Christipher Zorrilla and Moises Zorrilla, claimed they parked in the Walmart lot only to use the restroom inside the store.

Police said that a Walmart employee told them that the employee received a call from an Inwood, N.Y., phone number and the caller said that he was there to "pick up [victim's name] order." The employee identified Marte as the person she spoke to.

When police reviewed the order for the watches, the victim's name was on the order along with the name "Z Moises" (who police believe is Moises Zorrilla) listed as a person authorized person to pick up the order.

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Christopher Zorrilla

Police called the number that has been used to call the Walmart store to place the order and a cellphone sitting on the back seat of the suspects' vehicle rang. The phone was found to be linked to Moises Zorrilla, according to police.

Police suspect that all four men in the vehicle worked together to fraudulently purchase the iWatches, with Marte driving to the store, Moises Zorrilla setting up the purchase and Christopher Zorrilla and the other man, by being in the vehicle, involved in the incident.

Christopher Zorrilla, Moises Zorrilla and Marte were arraigned by Martinsburg Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger on felony charges of access device fraud and conspiracy. They were committed to the Blair County Prison on $20,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today, April 1, in front of Blattenberger.

 

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