ZEBULON — Police say two men had 53 phony credit cards and were using some of them to make purchases.
In arrest warrants served last Wednesday on Donald Jaye Gore Jr. and Cedric Alexander Rankins at the Wake County Detention Center, investigators accused them each of five counts of financial card forgery, three counts of possession five or more counterfeit instruments, and conspiring with each other.
Gore, 30, and Rankins, 27, are both from Spring Lake, and police had arrested them at the Zebulon Walmart on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 11.
“We were called there in reference to a suspicious person who was possibly engaging in fraudulent activities,” Zebulon Lt. Scott Finch said. “When we got there to approach (Gore), an officer had a altercation with him.”
The altercation resulted in a charge against Gore of assault on a government employee. He was also charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and assault on a female upon his arrest.
Finch said loss prevention at Walmart identified Rankins as being there with Gore, and notified police when Rankins attempted to flee the parking lot in a vehicle shortly after Gore’s arrest.
Officers pulled Rankins over and found property from Walmart and additional credit cards, Finch said. Rankins was then arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses.
Finch said it took some time to sort through the evidence before police were able to bring the second wave of charges against Gore and Rankins last Wednesday.
“When we took them into custody, the interviews while they were in custody were what led to the additional charges,” Finch said.
In the warrants served Wednesday, police said the charges involved a total of 53 cards that had been encoded with stolen account numbers from Regions Bank and two credit unions.
Each man was being held on a total bail of $150,000 and was due to be in court Thursday on the new charges.