Terrance Donnell Wooten, 43, Terrance Lavon Campbell, 38, and Renee Charlene Pointer, 40, all of Raleigh, N.C. were arrested last week and charged with multiple counts of illegal use and possession of credit, debit and gift cards, according to a press release from the Oxford Police Department.
Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens said the suspects were arrested at the Golden Corral restaurant at the Oxford Exchange just after noon on Oct. 9.
Local police were tipped off by the Haralson County, Ga. Sheriff's Office that the suspects might be in the area. All three suspects could still face additional charges in Haralson County, according to the press release.
Owens said he could not confirm if the suspects had used a counterfeit card in Oxford.
Police withheld information about the arrests until after investigators worked with the Secret Service in Birmingham, Owens said.
“We believe this is one of the biggest hauls in this area,” Owens said of the amount of counterfeit cards in the trio’s possession.
Owens said there’s “no telling” the dollar amount of what the suspects were able to purchase with the cards, but said he expects more store owners to come forward this week to say the suspects had purchased items using the fake cards.
“The amount of loss to the merchants in the area, there’s just no knowing,” he said. “Probably won’t be known for quite some time.”
All three suspects were in custody at the Calhoun County Jail as of 4 p.m. Monday.
Wooten and Campbell were being held on $500,000 bail each, and Pointer on $100,000. They are scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8.
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