VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut state police arrested a New York man in Vernon on Wednesday, who was found with dozens of counterfeit credit cards and is accused of using the stolen credit card information to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise.
According to police, officers arrested 31 year-old Marc Lazarre of Brooklyn, New York, after observing several indicators of criminal activity as he drove along Interstate 84, just after 8:30 pm. Lazarre was on parole and not supposed to leave New York state, police say.
Police pulled Lazarre over ad with probable cause searched the vehicle, where authorities say they discovered numerous counterfeit or “cloned” credit cards. “Cloned” credit cards are fake cards that are counterfeit, made to look real, and have stolen or other “skimmed” credit card information from unknowing victims programmed into the cards magnetic strip.
In total, police say 37 “cloned” counterfeit cards were found in Lazarre’s car. After further investigation, troopers located a large amount of gift cards, merchandise and a fake ID.
According to officials, Lazarre was arrested and taken into custody. During processing, authorities found even more fake credit cards in his possession, with approximately $6,600 in merchandise suspected to have been purchased with the fake/stolen credit card information, officials said.
Lazarre now faces a list of charges and was held on $50,000 bond. Police are continuing the investigation with the assistance of other local, state and federal agencies.