• Carmel Police Arrest Two for Alleged Credit Card Fraud at Fourtané in Carmel

    On 01/12/15 at approximately 1430 hours, Garik Gevorgyan, 45, and Sarkis Demirchian, 49. both from Los Angeles, entered Fourtané Estate Jewelry on Ocean Avenue in Carmel with the intent to defraud the business of retail merchandise. After the pair entered the store, employees assisted the suspects with the selection of a diamond ring valued at $43,400. The suspects used two fraudulent credit cards to make the purchase and left the store with the merchandise. After the suspects left the store, employees called the telephone numbers on the back of the cards and discovered the cards were fraudulent. Store employees immediately contacted the Carmel Police Department for assistance.

    With the assistance of Fourtané’s staff, Carmel PD was able to locate both suspects at a nearby business and took both suspects into custody without incident.

    Fourtane_Booking_Photos webDuring a search of their persons and vehicle subsequent to arrest, Gevorgyan was found to be in possession of 35 different fraudulent credit cards and Demirchian was found to be in possession of 34 different fraudulent credit cards. Numerous items of evidence were also seized from their vehicle, which is believed to be related to other commercial burglary cases throughout the Monterey Peninsula and the state of California.

    Both suspects were transported and booked into Monterey County Jail, each for the following charges: PC 459- Burglary; PC 484G(a)- use of fraudulent bank card; and PC 530.5(c)(1)- identity theft.

    At this time, recovered property is believed to be related to additional commercial burglaries that are believed to have taken place in Carmel, Seaside and Buttonwillow. The total value of these additional thefts is estimated to be in excess of $5,000.

    This investigation is still in the preliminary phase and is ongoing but it is believed the two suspects who were arrested were working in concert with additional suspects and vehicles that have not yet been identified. This case will be forwarded on to Federal authorities for further investigation.

    We are asking the business community to Contact Detective Jeff Watkins at the Carmel Police Department, (831) 624-6403, if they have any further information or leads regarding this investigation.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 14, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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