PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Beaverton police reportedly busted a California theft ring who used forged credit cards at several retailers throughout Oregon to the tune of thousands of dollars this week.
On Monday evening, 27-year-old Montral Demond Matthews, 22-year-old Melissa Vongphakdy and 24-year-old Linda Vongphakdy were arrested near the Washington Square mall.
According to Beaverton police, investigators searched the suspects’ hotel room and found $20,000 in stolen property, over $5,000 in gift cards, more than 100 counterfeit credit cards and $1,500 in cash.
Beaverton police were first put on alert by Nordstrom Loss Prevention, who informed them that their stores had been hit by an out-of-state crew who had also likely struck at several other Beaverton businesses.
At about 5 p.m. Monday, a police sergeant spotted a vehicle linked to a theft at a Beaverton Best Buy store. The car was pulled over and the suspects were arrested.
Beaverton police report that the suspects had driven up to Oregon from California on Sunday, hitting stores in Springfield, Salem, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton. Along with Best Buy and Nordstrom, they also used the cards at Toys “R” US and Apple. They bought iPads, iPhones, gift cards, money orders and high-end clothing.
The three are lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges including aggravated ID theft and organized retail crime. Their bail was set at $25,000 each.