DARIEN -- Police arrested three New York City men Saturday on charges of attempted larceny and other fraud-related charges for attempting to use fake credit cards to buy merchandise at the CVS Pharmacy at 984 Post Road, according to the department.
Around 2 p.m., Darien Police received a report of a man attempting to buy merchandise using a suspicious credit card, according to Sgt. Jeremiah Marron, a spokesman for the department.
The man left the store and got into a red Nissan Altima, Marron said.
The cards used during the alleged attempt at fraud were linked to invalid account numbers, Marron said.
Police responding to the call intercepted the car and found the three occupants were in possession of invalid and possibly stolen credit cards, Marron said.
Michael D. Harris, 24, of 57th Ave., Corona, N.Y., was charged with 13 counts of possession of an illegal fraudulent credit card, and single counts of unlawful use of a credit card, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Dave Obaseki, 22, of 217th St., Cambria Heights, N.Y., was charged with six counts of possession of an illegal or fraudulent credit card, and single counts of conspiracy to unlawful use of a credit card and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Shaquell D. Caldwell, 22, of 57th Ave., Corona, N.Y., was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit unlawful use of a credit card and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Marron said that in recent months, the department has noticed a small rise in reports of attempts to use illegal credit cards at local retailers.
Marron said retailers who are unfamiliar with credit card fraud are sometimes unable to differentiate between someone trying to scam them and when someone is merely proferring a credit card that has been frozen or is otherwise invalid.
"It hasn't been a wide problem locally, but there have been instances here and there that have surfaced," Marron said. "Some of the retail establishments don't recognize it as quickly as they did in this case, and any kind of delay works against the chance of apprehension."
All three men posted $25,000 bonds and are to appear in Stamford Superior Court March 26.