Aboubakar Doumbia, 34; Shaquandra Alford, 31; and Chiquta Roundtree, 26, were each charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony.
The three suspects used re-encoded gift cards to purchase $373 in cigarettes Tuesday at Charlie’s Tobacco Outlet on U.S. 78 East, according to a press release sent by Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens. The store was the victim of a similar crime, Owens said in the statement, and the cashier was suspicious of the three suspects using several gift cards for their purchase.
The cashier told police one of the cards was marked as stolen by the store’s credit card machine, the release said. The suspects fled the scene in their rented vehicle with the cigarettes, according to the release.
Shortly after, Oxford police apprehended the suspects in a 2007 Hyundai Sonata at the Coldwater Chevron, the release noted.
Oxford investigators used a card reader to discover some of the gift cards were re-encoded, meaning the number on the front of the card did not match the card’s account number on the magnetic strip.
Owens said today that he has plans to give all of Oxford’s officers a card reader.
“The average officer in the field is not equipped to be able to read the magnetic strip on these cards, and it normally requires some type of equipment to do so,” he said.
Doumbia, Alford and Roundtree were in the Oxford City Jail this afternoon, Owens said. A cash bond of $100,000 was set for each suspect. Court appearances are scheduled for Sept. 12.
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