A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested after using a stolen credit card to make purchases at multiple local stores.
On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with a female victim who advised that there were numerous fraudulent charges on her credit card.
According to the MCSO report, the credit card was used at the following businesses: RaceTrac, McDonalds, Zaxby’s, Epic Theaters, Wawa, Burger King, and Pilot Travel Center.
On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, an MCSO detective was assigned to the case. The victim told the detective that her son is an authorized user on the credit card account and has a card issued in his name.
The detective spoke with the victim’s son and learned that his credit card had been missing since the beginning of December 2021.
The detective visited the Zaxby’s located at 6033 SW State Road 200 which is one of the locations where the stolen credit card had been used. A manager told the detective that a request would be made to access the store’s video surveillance footage.
On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the district manager from Zaxby’s called the detective and stated that the store’s footage would be reviewed. The detective provided the district manager with dates and times for each transaction.
The following day, the district manager called and advised the detective that the person presenting the stolen credit card was identified as a former store employee, Angel Manuel Yambo.
On Monday, January 3, the detective spoke with the victim’s son, and he confirmed that he is friends with Yambo. He recalled that Yambo had been inside his vehicle in early December which was around the time that the credit card was believed to have been stolen.
An MCSO employee located Yambo at his residence, and the detective conducted a phone interview with him. Yambo initially stated that he did not know the victim’s son, though Yambo quickly admitted that he might actually know him.
When the detective told Yambo that he was seen on video using the credit card, he claimed to have thought that he was using his own card.
Yambo then informed the detective that he had heard of the victim’s son, but he stated that they are not friends. He admitted to being inside the vehicle that belonged to the victim’s son on at least two occasions.
When asked how he got the credit card, Yambo claimed that he received it from another friend. According to Yambo, the credit card had been left inside his vehicle by someone else.
He admitted to using the credit card around four times, and he stated that he accidentally left it at a Circle K gas station. The MCSO report indicated that the credit card had been used 18 times.
Yambo was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and later released on $5,500 bond. He is facing a felony charge for illegal use of a credit card and a misdemeanor charge for petit theft.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.