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CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) — Two people have been arrested by Clinton Police in connection with a credit card skimming ring. Authorities are looking for two additional suspects.
28-year-old Tocaris Calvin and 41-year-old Louis Smith are facing charges. Police are still looking for Timothy Hodges and Terrance Calvin.
Clinton Police said on September 29, officers went to the Shell Gas Station on E. Northside Drive after a credit card skimmer was found at gas pump 8.
Later that night, an officer saw two men in a Hyundai rental car at the gas station after it was closed. The men were near gas pump 8.
Tocaris Calvin and Smith were in the car. Detectives came onto the scene and interviewed the two men.
Officers saw a laptop computer underneath the front passenger seat at the back floorboard. The men gave inconsistent statements to the officers about the laptops. They also said Smith lied about his criminal history.
Detectives said Tocaris Calvin and Smith were trying to remotely access the Bluetooth skimmer. They were not aware that officers removed it after it was discovered earlier in the evening.
Officers received a search warrant for the rental car and seized a laptop and a USB Bluetooth adapter that was in the glove box. They also found receipts for purchases of electronics devices at several metro area stores.
Multiple cards, credit cards, and gift cards were also seized.
Officers took both suspects into custody.
Electronic and digital evidence was submitted to the State of Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for analysis. Investigators determined that the laptop computer contained credit card account information that they believe was gathered by the skimmer.
Following an intensive investigation, information gathered indicated a ring of suspects, originating out of Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for operating the skimming devices in the tri-county areas, to include several counts of credit card fraud and the fraudulent use of identity.
Officers said Smith faces multiple charges by surrounding jurisdictions. In Clinton, he is charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of unlawful use a scanning device or re-encoder to capture encoded information from the magnetic strip on a credit card.
Authorities said Smith is a habitual offender and is being held on a $5 million bond. Tocaris Calvin is charged with one count of conspiracy and has been released on $1,000 bond.
Clinton Police have also issued arrest warrants for Timothy Hodges and Terrence Calvin who have been identified as primary conspirators in the case. Hodges and Terrance Calvin have been identified by video evidence of utilizing fraudulent cards at local businesses to purchase electronic devices for resale as part of the skimming ring.
Investigators are sorting through more evidence to determine the origin of bank account numbers recovered and tracking down any additional suspects and potential victims.
Anyone who sees Timothy Hodges and Terrance Calvin should contact the Clinton Police Department at 601-924-5252 or Crime Stoppers at 601-924-5252. Individuals who feel that they have been a victim of Credit Card fraud are encouraged to contact their financial institution and their local law enforcement.