Ardmore Police: Three charged with identity theft

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- Three people were arrested Friday after they were caught using a fake credit card at an Ardmore hotel.

Ardmore Police Capt. Keith Ingle said they got a call Friday from a man in Texas saying he got an alert on his phone that someone had charged a room at the Holiday Inn to his account.

"They were actually in Irving, Texas, still had their card with them and knew that they weren't using it, so they contacted us to let us know," Ingle said.

Ingle said officers found Zachariah Elliott, Jennifer Buchanan, and Blair Brown in a hotel room.

Inside, police also discovered the bogus card used to pay for the room along with printers, blank cards and checks -- equipment used to make credit cards, fake ID's and bogus checks.

"Somehow or another they have probably skimmed the numbers and they just made their own card," Ingle said. "They cloned it basically."

Ingle said they tried to use the card at several businesses but it was declined.

He says that even though the department took quick action on the case, the victim reporting the bogus charge is what led to the bust.

"He's the main reason why these three people are in custody because he took it upon himself to take that extra step and say 'Hey Ardmore Police Department, someone is using my card,' " Ingle said.

Ingle said the trio had the personal information of at least 10 other potential victims, something they're still looking into.

"Even though we filed the charges here locally it could be taken over by the Secret Service due to the amount of equipment they had and amount of information that was there," Ingle said.

All three have each been charged with three counts of identity theft using personal information as well as drug possession.

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