CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Four people were arrested in Caroline County and charged with credit card fraud and various other charges on Wednesday.
The incident began when a deputy was contacted by a store employee who suspected a customer was trying to make purchases with a fraudulent credit card.
When the deputy began questioning the suspect, he noticed other customers who appeared to know the person he was questioning, fleeing the store.
When the deputy approached the car to investigate, the driver of the vehicle quickly placed the car in drive and sped towards the deputy. The officer jumped out of the way to prevent being struck.
The officer then called other officers who pursued the car at high speeds along Interstate 95.
Eventually, officers caught up with the three suspects who stopped at a rest stop near the 108-mile marker before fleeing on foot. Shortly thereafter, they found and arrested all three suspects.
Upon searching the vehicle, they found over 75 credit cards, believed to be fraudulent, a credit card skimming device, an Apple i-Pad, a credit card embossing machine and over 30 cartons of cigarettes.
The suspects who were arrested were Stephanie Pickett, Tametres Chestnut, Romell Hoyle and Eugene White, all of Brooklyn, New York.
White was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. Other charges in the investigation were numerous counts of credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, possessing credit card forgery devices, possessing taxed cigarettes for the purpose of resale, possessing more than 25 cartons of cigarettes with intent to distribute and providing false identification to police.
All four suspects are being held without bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.
Caroline County Sheriff Lippa spoke about the incident.
“In this case, citizen information and assistance was vital in locating the suspects and bringing the situation to a safe conclusion,” he said.
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