Two Brooklyn men were arrested Thursday, charged with using fraudulently re-encoded credit cards to make purchases at a computer store in Westbury, Nassau County police said.
Police said the men were caught when responding Third Precinct officers found one lingering in the getaway car in the store parking lot -- while the other was inside attempting to make another purchase.
Sheldon Modeste, 23, of 3405 Foster Ave., and Peter Forde, 23, of 1408 Brooklyn Ave., both in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, were arrested at the Micro Center store in Westbury at 4:05 p.m. Modeste was charged with four counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, while Forde was charged with three counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Police said the two men made purchases at the store on Merrick Avenue, then left.
The store manager then notified police of the fraudulent purchases, police said, with officers responding to the scene.
Meanwhile, police said, Forde returned to the store -- attempting to make an additional purchase. Modeste waited in the car in the parking lot.
Police said in addition to recovering four fraudulent credit cards from Modeste and three from Forde, officers also recovered 84 Alprazolam pills from inside the vehicle.
Both Modeste and Forde face arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.