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Police: Cross-country phony credit card shopping spree ends near Joliet

JOLIET – Police say two Florida men were using bogus credit cards to make purchases before a traffic stop Monday.

About 1 a.m. Will County Sheriff's deputies saw an SUV with Colorado license plates speeding on westbound Interstate 80, spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said in a statement.

When deputies stopped the vehicle near Richards Street in unincorporated Will County near Joliet, neither Josue Frias-Gomez, 21, of Miami, or his passenger, Jorge Ochoa-Perez, 22, of Cutler Bay, were able to provide identification, according to Hoffmeyer.

When the men allowed deputies to search the vehicle, police found bags and boxes of "high end clothing, various sizes of shoes, DVDs, perfume, headphones, sunglasses and rollerblades," Hoffmeyer said.

They also reportedly found more than 40 credit and gift cards and a fraudulent Virginia driver's license.

"Both subjects stated that they had rented the vehicle on March 17 in Denver and drove to Ohio to meet some friends," Hoffmeyer said in the statement. "They stated that they visited for a few days, had gone shopping, and were on their way back to Denver when deputies stopped them. They had no explanation of how they paid for the recent purchases, why their names were not on the credit and debit cards nor on the rental car agreement forms."

Ochoa-Perez was charged with three counts of possession of counterfeit credit cards and one count of continuing a financial crime enterprise. Frias-Gomez was charged with no valid driver’s license, never being issued a driver’s license, speeding, three counts of possession of counterfeit credit cards and continuing a financial crime enterprise.

Sheriff's police do not believe the men made any local purchases or used any Illinois resident's identity.

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