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A woman in Stuart, Florida, recently helped law enforcement nab a prolific bank fraud suspect by tracking the individual down and conducting her own investigation into his alleged criminal activities.
According to WPBF-TV, the inquisitive woman sprang into action on Thursday after noticing multiple gas station charges on her credit card from the day before that she had not authorized.
Charge descriptions included in her bank account pointed her in the direction of a nearby WaWa convenience store off Federal Highway near Johnson Avenue.
So, hoping the suspect would return to the same gas station the next day, she drove out to the location to stalk the area out. Sure enough, before long she identified a suspicious white pickup truck pumping gas from pumps 9 and 10.
At the very same time that the man was pumping the gas, the woman allegedly received potential fraud notifications from her bank on her cell phone that matched the location of the transactions. According to police, she also witnessed the suspect throwing credit cards in the trash after using them.
She was sure she had her guy, so she called 911 to alert police.
Officers immediately responded to the WaWa store and, after a brief search of his person and vehicle, placed Rosniel Jimenez Gonzalez, of Fort Lauderdale, under arrest.
During the search, officers reportedly found multiple steel tanks in the back of the truck as well as some others laid flat on the truck bed, covered by a carpet for concealment. Gonzalez also allegedly placed wood pallets, a tire, and a construction cone on top of the tanks in attempt to conceal them.
Inside the truck, detectives discovered a whopping 28 fraudulent credit and debit cards.
Gonzalez has reportedly been charged on multiple fraud-related counts — including trafficking in or possessing counterfeit credit cards, the unlawful conveyance of fuel, obtaining fuel by fraud, fraudulent use of credit card more than two times within six months, and unlawful possession of personal ID of five or more persons.
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"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes! Great job to the victim and PD! Another one bites the dust," commented one user on the Stuart Police Department's Facebook news release about the incident.
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