Central Texas traffic stop leads to identity theft arrests

Officers recovered this credit card skimmer after the arrest. (Lampasas Police Dept. photo)
By  | 

LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Two men were arrested after a search of a car after an early-morning traffic stop Wednesday in Lampasas turned up a credit card skimmer and stolen credit and debit cards, police said Thursday.

Daniel Alberto Perez-Rodriguez, 28, of Austin, Jose Gerardo Chaples-Bruzon, age 25, of Las Vegas, Nev., were arrested after an officer pulled over a 2000 Buick four-door sedan at around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of South Key Avenue.

A driver’s license check showed that Chaples-Bruzon was named in warrants in Williamson County and Cedar Park charging credit/debit card abuse.

Officers also found “other peoples’ credit and/or debit cards,” along with the credit card skimmer, police said in a press release Thursday.

The two men were taken to the Lampasas County Jail.

Perez-Rodriguez was charged with fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, and Chaples-Bruzon is held on the outstanding warrants charging misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, police said.

“Investigators are following up concerning the recovered equipment and identifying information,” police said.

“They are attempting to identify and notify potential victims and/or assist other law enforcement agencies who might have active cases. Further, the vehicle is being held for potential seizure and forfeiture because it was suspected to have been used to commit these felonies.”