June 16, 2024

The Marshalltown Police Department was busy between April and May 2024, dealing with a rash of identity theft and credit card fraud complaints. In many instances, illegal purchases were made within the community. This allowed the local Police force to swiftly launch an investigation, gathering crucial evidence which connected the various cases together. Credit card skimmers were suspected to be the method employed to steal victims’ credit card details.

On the 15th of May, 2024, a search warrant led Marshalltown Police officers to the 500 block of East State Street. The search turned up clear proof of a credit card skimming racket. These findings facilitated two arrests.

Marshalltown resident, Yirandy Abreu-Arrone, aged 41, was taken into custody and faces charges including:

  • Unlawful Operation of a Scanning Device or Encoding Machine (Class D Felony)
  • Two Charges of Credit Card Fraud (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
  • Two Charges of Identity Theft (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
  • Two Charges of fifth-degree Theft (Simple Misdemeanor)

Also, 31-year old David Reinaldo Lopez Rios, who also resides in Marshalltown was arrested. His charges are as follows:

  • Illegal Operation of a Scanning Device or Encoding Machine – Class D Felony
  • Two Counts of Credit Card Fraud – Aggravated Misdemeanor
  • Three Counts of Identity Theft – Aggravated Misdemeanor
  • Three Counts of Theft (5th Degree) – Simple Misdemeanor

LOPEZ RIOS, DAVID REINALDO

The investigation is still ongoing, and Marshalltown Police is aware there may be other victims who have yet to report their predicament. If false charges appear on your credit card account, don’t hesitate to contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725. We urge all potential victims to step forward, regardless if your bank refunded the stolen funds.

Remember, an accusation of criminal charges only states that a crime has been committed. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

For further details, please get in touch with Lieutenant AJ Accola at 641-754-5729 or send an email to aaccola@marshalltown-ia.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a credit card skimmer?

A credit card skimmer is a malicious device designed to steal credit card information. It can be attached to a legitimate credit card reader to capture and store data undetected. The information can then be retrieved and used for fraudulent transactions. Skimming is a widespread method of committing credit card fraud.

What is a Class D Felony?

A Class D Felony represents the lowest level of felony crimes in many states. Despite being the least severe, it still carries significant penalties, which may include prison time, hefty fines, or both. The specific punishment varies by state and offense, with judges determining penalties within statutory limits.

How can I protect myself from credit card fraud and identity theft?

Several measures can be taken, including frequently checking your financial statements for suspicious activity, using secure internet connections when making online transactions, creating strong and unique passwords, shunning unsolicited requests for personal information, investing in good security software, and responding quickly to breach notifications.