Chico PD nabs two in suspected credit card theft ring

POSTED: 10:07 AM Jul 06 2013
Chico PD nabs two in suspected credit card theft ring
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico police arrested two men Wednesday afternoon suspected to belong to a credit card theft ring targeting California and Nevada health clubs since at least 2010.

Police say 42-year-old Robert Anthony Miller, of Pittsburgh, CA, and 51-year-old Craig Michael Mansfield, of Vacaville, CA, were arrested after a clerk at Target allegedly witnessed the men enter the store and try to make a fraudulent transaction.

As the pair was trying to leave the store police responded and made a traffic stop.

Inside the vehicle they located several stolen credit cards and a number of counterfeit California driver licenses matching the names on the credit cards.

Police then contacted five victims who had recently had their credit cards stolen from their lockers at area health clubs.

The two men are thought to be those sought since 2010 for numerous credit card thefts at health clubs in California and Nevada.

The men would allegedly enter the clubs and steal credit and debit cards from secured lockers.

They would typically use the cards to make large purchases, usually of high-end electronics.

Total loss to the victims is estimated to be in excess of $40,000.

Robert Miller and Craig Mansfield were arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on multiple felony charges.