CHESTER — A traffic stop Nov. 30 on Kent Island resulted in the arrest of three New Yorkers on credit card fraud, theft and drug charges.
Tpr. Matthew Flamma of the Maryland State Police stopped a gray Kia Forte for allegedly speeding on U.S. Route 50/301 prior to South Piney Road at 12:13 p.m.
When Flamma spoke with the driver, identified as Saieda Ida Gibbons, 33, of Brooklyn, he detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, police said. The passengers were identified as Donnell D. Wise, 36, and Ebony T. McBride, 28, both also from Brooklyn, police said.
When backup arrived, Flamma had everyone exit the car for a probable cause search based on the smell of marijuana.
In the trunk, the search found a black bag containing a green Newport cigarette carton with 12 Visa credit cards inside; the name imprinted on the cards did not belong to any of the car’s occupants, police said. Also in the trunk were four new, unopened Apple iPad Airs and nine new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3’s with no sales receipt to accompany them, police said.
Further search found a pink wallet containing a fraudulent Illinois identification card with a name identical to one of the names imprinted on several of the fraudulent credit cards. Police said the wallet belonged to McBride and also contained her legitimate NY identification.
A search of Gibbons’ brown purse found six more Visa credit cards in someone else’s name, police said.
A search of Wise turned up a list of the BJ wholesales stores located in the Baltimore Metro area with check marks next the names along with two digit numbers relevant to the last two numbers of multiple credit cards, police said. Wise also had two Visa credit cards with someone else’s name on them, police said.
The search also found suspected methylone, also known as “bath salts,” a controlled dangerous substance, on Wise, police said.
Each of the Visa credit cards was found to be a re-encoded credit card, according to D/Sgt. T. McDonald. The re-encoded information on these Visa credit cards is not what is displayed on the face of the credit cards.
During questioning, McBride said she got the credit cards from someone in New York with the intentions of purchasing the electronic devices in exchange for compensation, police said.
She allegedly told Flamma that, on two separate occasions, Gibbons accompanied her into various stores during the course of fraudulently obtaining the Apple iPad Airs and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3’s. All of the electronics were obtained fraudulently from BJ Stores throughout Maryland, police said. The value of all the items was over $1,000 but less than $10,000.
McBride was charged with 17 counts of credit card fraud, theft over $1,000 under $10,000, theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000 and possession of fraudulent identification. She is being held on $20,000 bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
Gibbons was charged with eight counts of credit card fraud, theft over $1,000 under $10,000 and theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000. She is being held on $15,000 bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
Wise was charged with five counts of credit card fraud, theft over $1,000 under $10,000, theft scheme $1,000 to $10,000, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance-not marijuana (bath salts). He is being held on $15,000 bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.