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Stolen credit cards lead to charges

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Soldotna Police Department has arrested Jeffery Scott Colombero, 29, of Redding, Calif. for making purchases on stolen credit cards.

The charges include second-degree theft, fraudulent use of an access device and scheme to defraud. All of which are class B or C felonies.

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SPD received a faxed report from Mt. Shasta Police Department in California requesting assistance in a stolen credit card investigation, according to a SPD press release.

Karen Colombero of Mt. Shasta, Calif. stated her grandson Jeffery stayed at her home from Nov. 5-9, and alleges her multiple credit cards were stolen during that time. A total of four cards were stolen, according to court records. Credit card statements provided by Karen show there are over 100 fraudulent charges exceeding $23,000, according to court records.

During investigation by Sgt. Robbie Quelland and Officer Aaron Renken a manager of Aspen Hotel in Soldotna contacted the department. The manager alleged that a male used Karen's credit cards to stay at the hotel from Nov. 11-Dec. 16. The hotel bill totaled $2,872.54, according to court records.

The male had indentified himself as Stanley Colombero; his grandfather.

Police report finding a receipt from Safeway at the Aspen Hotel with the name Jeffery Colombero.

Eric Pruitt, owner of Northwest Customs in Soldotna, also contacted police. He alleged Colombero had purchased and made modifications to a 2004 Ford truck using one of Karen's credit cards. The amount totaled $6,079, according to court records.

SPD is urging businesses to call with any information regarding Colombero and his credit card purchases.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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