Two men from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were arrested last week after an investigation by the Tyler Police Department led to the discovery of a credit card skimming device on a gasoline pump in the city of Bullard.
According to a post on the Tyler Police Department’s Facebook page, investigators with the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force, including the United States Secret Service, are continuing to investigate multiple suspects in Texas for unlawful interception use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications, also known as gas skimming activity.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, an investigator with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as a member of the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force, located a card skimmer inside a gas pump upon inspection at a Bullard gas station, located at 100 E. Houston St.
A detective from TPD Task Force, as well as an agent from the US Secret Service Task Force, was called in to assist.
During the investigation of the skimmer, the TPD detective on scene observed two suspects, who are known from prior investigations, pull up to the station to retrieve the skimmer from the pump. After realizing their skimmer had been discovered and removed, the suspects drove off in their vehicle and headed towards Tyler, with an investigator following.
Officials continued their pursuit of the suspects onto Loop 49, where the suspects began throwing out a number of items from their vehicle in an attempt to destroy or get rid of evidence related to gas skimming activity.
The suspects were stopped by officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety near the intersection of Loop 49 and Farm-to-Market Road 2493. They were identified as Yoan Marquez Ramos, 28, of Haltom City and Jorge Adrain Borroto, 23, of Mansfield. Both suspects were already under investigation by the Task Force.
In the course of the investigation, officials determined the criminal organization had previously made a total of 780 fraudulent transactions on at least 187 different credit cards in 29 cities, across three different states.
Ramos and Borroto were booked into the Smith County Jail and charged with Unlawful Interception, Use, or Disclosure of Wire - Oral or Electronic Communications, as well as Tampering or Fabricating Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair. Both suspects are also being held on Immigration Detainers. They are each being held on bonds totaling $1.5 million with more charges pending, according to TPD.