2 from CA arrested for NJ credit card fraud

May 15, 2011 5:51:39 PM PDT
Cinnaminson police have arrested two people in a case of credit card fraud.

Angel Angula, 21, and Crystal Baneulos, 23, of California were taken into custody after a car stop led to the discovery of 180 counterfeit cards and over $13,000 in cash.

Police observed a white 2011 Chevrolet Impala parked on Columbia Avenue at the intersection of Highland Avenue right next to the Beneficial bank at 11:50 a.m. Saturday.

Baneulos was seated in the driver's seat. Angulo was seen walking away from the area of the bank, and, upon noticing the officer, police say he looked away. Officers went into the bank to check on the staff as the car took off with both inside.

Moments later, police followed the car into a Shell gas station parking lot, where the vehicle stopped.

Police say the two gave conflicting stories to officers when they were being questioned.

A search warrant was obtained for the car. Inside the vehicle, police discovered the cash and blank cards with the magnetic stripes encoded with various bank customers information; names of banks and pin numbers were found written on the cards.

Police later discovered the pair had withdrawn over $6,700 in a few hours before they were stopped at banks in Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, and Cherry Hill. Detectives learned they were staying at the Fairfield Inn in Mt. Laurel and a search warrant was obtained for their rooms Saturday evening. Police say additional evidence was found in the rooms.

Both accused were charged with Possession of over 50 counterfeit credit cards, two counts of credit card theft, and one count attempted credit card theft. Bail was set at $135,000 and both were remanded to Burlington County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.