Major Credit Card Abuse Operation Terminated With An Arrest

On 08-18-18 the CCPD Financial Crimes Section along with several Secret Service agents executed an arrest and search warrant in reference to a Credit Card Abuse operation. The arrested suspect in the case was  Antonio Arteaga 09-01-79.

It appears that as many as 20 citizens were victimized by this offender in the credit card abuse operation.

Two locations were named in the Arrest/Search Warrant.   A residence in the 5700 block of Crest Forest and a business in 5501 Kostoryz,  American Auto Pros.

The following major items of evidence were seized from the residence; credit card encoding machine, a total of $13,093.00, 2 credit card readers, blank credit card stock.

While conducting the search at the American Auto Pros business location, the following major items of evidence were located and seized; a stolen handgun, a stolen ATV,  computers that were used in the commission of the crime, loaded credit cards, a card reader, and a laptop with software designed to harvest and save credit card information.

Mr. Antonio Arteaga was taken into custody and booked on three warrants that were related to this credit card abuse operation.

CCPD Financial Crimes Section officers were assisted by the Crime Reduction Unit, Directive Patrol Officers,  CCPD Gang Unit,  and The U.S. Secret Service.

This series of crimes at that business location remains under investigation and we ask that anybody who suspects that they are a victim or has information pertaining to these crimes to please call the CCPD Financial Crimes Section,  Lt. Michael Pena at 361-886-2862.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips or submit the information online at .  If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.