Four Queens men were arrested Thursday after they used re-encoded credit cards to buy gift cards at the Nike store in Garden City, part of an ongoing scheme authorities said also caused more than $25,000 in losses to the store in June, police said.
Mackenley Dumervil, 23, of 115-29 201st St., St. Albans, Anthony Ballard, 23, of 88-73 193rd St., Jamaica, Justin Williams, 26, of 243-43 145th Ave., Rosedale, and Carry Faublas, 26, of 243-56 145th Ave., Rosedale, were all arrested at the scene, Nassau County police said.
Dumervil and Ballard were each charged with third-degree grand larceny -- Dumervil also was charged with four counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, while Ballard was charged with five.
Williams and Faublas each were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, with Williams also being charged with three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument -- and Faublas was charged with six counts.
Police said Dumervil and Ballard entered the store on Old Country Road at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday and used a re-encoded card to purchase five $500 gift cards.
About 1 1/2 hours later, at 3:47 p.m., police said Williams and Faublas entered the store -- also to purchase gift cards.
The defendants were all then arrested, police said.
Police said the defendants were found to be in possession of 18 fraudulent cards and that an investigation discovered they had made purchases totaling more than $25,000 at the store in June alone.
All four now face arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.