The Drumheller RCMP have made arrests that led to the seizure of hundreds of credit card numbers, and the information to make them usable.
On Saturday, April 10, police learned from a local business of four people attending to the store and using a credit card in a suspicious manner. RCMP officers located the subjects and they were arrested on a variety of charges.
Subsequent investigation revealed they were in possession of hundreds of credit card numbers, and the associated security codes that were stolen from a Calgary business, the place of employment of one of the subjects. They were in possession of credit card blanks, and had the ability to make additional cards. In addition, property related to crime, and illicit drugs were located and seized.
Ashley Whitt, 32, of Calgary, is charged with forging a credit card, fraudulent possession of credit card data, possession of stolen property and possession of morphine. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, April 23.
Valery Zielinsky, 46, of Calgary has been charged with fraudulent possession of credit card data, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine. She is to appear in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, May 28.
Anthony Golka, 43, and Holly Boutland are both charged with possession of stolen property and are also to appear in court in Drumheller on Friday, May 28.
Police say the matters are still under investigation and it is believed there will be other charges laid. These credit card numbers have been used in other jurisdictions. Other police departments and credit card companies have been advised.