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Cal Expo police arrest Sacramento man accused of using forged credit cards

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 - 7:33 pm

A 21-year-old man is in jail, accused of burglary and using forged credit cards, following an investigation by the Cal Expo Police Department.

Cal Expo officers served search and arrest warrants in the 7200 block of Greenhaven Drive in Sacramento about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The warrants resulted from a 10-day investigation prompted by unauthorized activity on a California State Fair patron’s credit card on July 11. The unauthorized activity did not take place on Cal Expo property, but the patron was made aware of the fraud while at the State Fair, according to a Police Department news release.

Arrested was Darius Deangelo Evans. Police said Evans was found in possession of computer equipment and electronic devices indicating he was likely constructing numerous credit cards in his own name using stolen account numbers. He also was found in possession of several thousand dollars in cash, and dozens of credit cards in various stages of creation, police said.

Evidence recovered during the search reportedly linked Evans to receipts and packing that indicated he used stolen credit card account information to make thousands of dollars of purchases locally of equipment, clothing, athletic shoes and jewelry. Police said he also was found in possession of a loaded handgun, and there were indications that he may have been involved in drug sales from his apartment.

Evans also was taken into custody on a felony warrant issued by the San Francisco Police Department, alleging that he used stolen account information to make large purchases at a Bloomingdales store in that department’s jurisdiction.

Evans was booked into Sacramento County Jail with bail set at $500,000.

The investigation and search involved officers from the Cal Expo Police Department, Sacramento Police Department SWAT team, the Sacramento County High-Tech Task Force and the Sacramento County welfare fraud unit.

Police said the investigation is continuing and likely will take several weeks to complete due to the large amount of evidence recovered during the search.

They said the investigation benefited from the fact that the Cal Expo Police Department is made up of officers from several different police agencies, and many have extensive experience working in such areas as drug enforcement, gang suppression and technology-based crimes.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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