Two Queens residents and a man from North Carolina have been arrested in connection with a phony credit and debit card ring.
Anthony Pierrelouis, 21, of Jamaica, Queens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny. He was being held in the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.
Kyle Harbajan, 17, also of Jamaica, was charged with the same offenses. He was being held in lieu of $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court there on the same day.DataLI crime stats
Dequan Faria, 21, of Laurinburg, North Carolina, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petty larceny and had not yet been arraigned as of Sunday night.
All three were arrested shortly before noon Saturday.
Police said the suspects attempted to use a fraudulent credit card on May 21 at the King Kullen supermarket on Fort Salonga Road in Northport. Store employees refused to accept the card and called police.
The suspects then briefly entered the Rite Aid drugstore in the same shopping center, but fled before police arrived.
At 11:15 a.m. Saturday the suspects used a forged debit card to make a purchase, at the same Rite Aid, of a $220 Apple gift card, four cans of Red Bull energy drink and a greeting card for a total value of $234.73, police said. A store employee recognized the suspects from the May 21 incident, called Northport police and gave a description of the suspects and the vehicle in which they left.
Shortly afterward, Northport Village police Sgt. Michael Cook spotted the vehicle and followed it. Cook, assisted by Lt. William Ricca, stopped the vehicle and arrested the suspects on Centerport Road in Greenlawn.