PAULDEN - A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy who stopped a car for a traffic violation arrested a man and woman for auto theft, drugs, and credit card fraud, a YCSO spokesman said.
On Tuesday, June 9, the deputy stopped the car for running a stop sign at the Depot 89 on Highway 89 on Paulden, and found that it was stolen from Oregon, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
The deputy arrested driver Johnnie Applegate, 32, and passenger Danielle Detmer, 29, both from Portland. D'Evelyn said that Applegate admitted to borrowing the vehicle from a friend two weeks earlier and not returning it.
When deputies searched the car, they found marijuana, prescription drugs not for either Applegate or Detmer, and heroin-related paraphernalia, D'Evelyn said.
Continued searching turned up "numerous tampered credit cards and associated paperwork listing various legitimate credit cards numbers," he said.
"Based on the examination of these items and other property located, deputies believe the suspects were modifying credit cards by re-embossing apparently valid numbers on the card face to make purchases," D'Evelyn said.
He added that deputies have evidence that the pair used the faked cards in Arizona recently.
The YCSO wants anyone, especially merchants, who had contact with these suspects or may have been victimized through the use of fraudulent cards to call 928-771-3260.
Those with information who wish to remain anonymous may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. The case number is 15-021410.