STAMFORD, Conn. — Two men from Brooklyn, N.Y., are facing charges in connection with on ongoing scheme of using fraudulent credit cards to buy motor oil, Stamford Police said.
As David Junior Cerant, 31, of 1414 Brooklyn Ave., waited to pay for his nearly $400 in motor oil at the Advance Auto Parts location on East Main Street on Friday evening, officers strolled in the door to arrest him as store staff discovered the credit card was fraudulent, police said.
After his arrest, Cerant admitted that there were five quarts of motor oil from another store in the trunk of his vehicle, police said. When officers went to the car, they discovered Michael Wayne Akal, 33, of 1152 Elton St., Brooklyn, sitting on the driver's side, police said.
The duo had been at another Advance Auto Parts location at 305 West Ave., where motor oil had also been purchased with a stolen credit card, police said.
Two weeks ago, about $1,500 in motor oil had been purchased in Stamford with a fraudulent credit card, police said. Officers found other apparently fraudulent credit cards in Cerant's possession, police said.
Cerant was charged with identity theft, fourth-degree larceny, sixth-degree attempt to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, using a revoked credit card and reproduction of a credit card.
Akal was charged with fourth-degree larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy to commit a crime.
Both men posted bond and were released pending court dates.