State troopers arrested four people Wednesday and recovered hundreds of stolen gift and credit cards, plus a stolen SUV.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, troopers responded to reports that several men tried to use potentially stolen gift cards to buy new gift cards at Casey’s General Stores in more than one community.
Troopers found the suspect’s vehicle traveling east on I-80 near Grand Island. They determined that the SUV, a 2018 Mazda CX-5, was a rental that was reported stolen by the rental company.
During the traffic stop, troopers also found a large quantity of stolen items and fraudulent gift cards. Stolen items included video games — 925 PlayStation, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Switch. There were 68 fraudulent gift cards or credit cards, 22 miscellaneous gift cards or credit cards, and hundreds of packs of cigarettes, Thomas said.
The total estimated value of the stolen items is $50,000. Troopers also found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.
The driver, Herbert Broomfield Jr, 25, and passengers, Eugene Alvarez, 26, Antonio Franklin, 29, and Daniel Moore, 28, all of Chicago, Ill. were charged with criminal possession of a forgery device, unlawful manufacture of a financial transaction device, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Broomfield was also charged with unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle and Moore was charged for criminal impersonation. All four men were incarcerated at the Hall County jail.