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Stolen credit cards lead to charges

Posted: December 15, 2011 - 9:24am

Soldotna Police Department has arrested Jeffery Scott Colombero, 29, of Redding, Calif. for making purchases on stolen credit cards.

The charges include second-degree theft, fraudulent use of an access device and scheme to defraud. All of which are class B or C felonies.

SPD received a faxed report from Mt. Shasta Police Department in California requesting assistance in a stolen credit card investigation, according to a SPD press release.

Karen Colombero of Mt. Shasta, Calif. stated her grandson Jeffery stayed at her home from Nov. 5-9, and alleges her multiple credit cards were stolen during that time. A total of four cards were stolen, according to court records. Credit card statements provided by Karen show there are over 100 fraudulent charges exceeding $23,000, according to court records.

During investigation by Sgt. Robbie Quelland and Officer Aaron Renken a manager of Aspen Hotel in Soldotna contacted the department. The manager alleged that a male used Karen's credit cards to stay at the hotel from Nov. 11-Dec. 16. The hotel bill totaled $2,872.54, according to court records.

The male had indentified himself as Stanley Colombero; his grandfather.
Police report finding a receipt from Safeway at the Aspen Hotel with the name Jeffery Colombero.

Eric Pruitt, owner of Northwest Customs in Soldotna, also contacted police. He alleged Colombero had purchased and made modifications to a 2004 Ford truck using one of Karen's credit cards. The amount totaled $6,079, according to court records.

SPD is urging businesses to call with any information regarding Colombero and his credit card purchases.
Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at

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SharonDenker56 03/26/12 - 10:16 am
I just don't understand why

I just don't understand why people still think they can get away with identity theft! We live in a world of instant communication and constant tracking. Each purchase I make with a credit card throughout a week can be drawn on a map and guesses to where I might spend next can be easily surmised. Now smartphones are tracking us via GPS and storing the information so that if we break the law, we can be apprehended as quickly as possible. Good thing I'm a law abiding citizen, I suppose. I still feel like my civil liberties are being trampled on, but I guess that's the price you pay to live in a world where police can actually solve cases.

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