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Three Romanian suspects detained in alleged stolen credit card scheme

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Charges against three suspects accused of using a stolen credit card to buy gift cards will go to trial after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Minodora Serban, Vasile Catola and Maria Branchi were charged earlier this month following incidents at several Westmoreland County Walmarts. According to court documents, the three suspects are believed to be from Romania and most recently lived in the Baltimore area. Court documents claim that one of the suspects told police the trio were part of a larger international criminal network that uses stolen credit cards to buy gift cards. Police were first alerted to the group by loss prevention specialists at Walmart in Hempfield Township. According to police, an employee approached the trio when they tried to buy a gift card from a cash machine and the group fled the store. Shortly after, police said the three suspects were able to purchase a gift card worth more than $900 from Walmart in North Huntingdon Township. Police said one of the employees spotted the group handing over the gift card and stolen credit card to another unknown person. The three suspects were arrested shortly after during a traffic stop. Court documents indicate that one of the suspects claims to have found the stolen credit card in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. The suspects are being held in jail after being denied bail. Officials said Homeland Security was involved and a federal inmate was placed over the suspects. The attorney for the three suspects declined to comment on the case.

Charges against three suspects accused of using a stolen credit card to buy gift cards will go to trial after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Minodora Serban, Vasile Catola and Maria Branchi were charged earlier this month following incidents at several Westmoreland County Walmarts.

According to court documents, the three suspects are believed to be from Romania and most recently lived in the Baltimore area. Court documents claim that one of the suspects told police the trio were part of a larger international criminal network that uses stolen credit cards to buy gift cards.

Police were first alerted to the group by loss prevention specialists at Walmart in Hempfield Township. According to police, an employee approached the trio when they tried to buy a gift card from a cash machine and the group fled the store. Shortly after, police said the three suspects were able to purchase a gift card worth more than $900 from Walmart in North Huntingdon Township.

Police said one of the employees spotted the group handing over the gift card and stolen credit card to another unknown person. The three suspects were arrested shortly after during a traffic stop.

Court documents indicate that one of the suspects claims to have found the stolen credit card in the parking lot of Sam’s Club. The suspects are being held in jail after being denied bail. Officials said Homeland Security was involved and a federal inmate was placed over the suspects.

The attorney for the three suspects declined to comment on the case.