Police: 12 Georgians used card numbers stolen in breach

A dozen metro Atlanta residents — most from Gwinnett County — were arrested in Idaho Monday after Boise police say they found evidence they were using credit card numbers stolen in one of the major corporate security breaches reported recently.

According to information posted on the Boise police website, the 12 are accused of using the stolen account numbers to buy gift cards from local retailers.

“Detectives believe the suspects all traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash,” police said in a statement.

“We have to thank some alert local store employees for realizing the gift card purchases were suspicious and calling police,” Boise police Det. Wade Spain said.

Police arrested Rakeen Robert Anderson, 31, and Mikki Ashley Williams, 24, both of Atlanta; Jonathan Kennard Penn, 20, of Suwanee; Charles Ontavious Moore, 25, of Stone Mountain; Brian Patrick Treadwell, 25, and Elijah Jamal Lambert, 24, both of Buford; and Dwight Keith Richardson, 27, Terrance Barimah, 26, Ryan Ramone Smith, 23, Jean Sebastian Estinville, 26, Steven Matthew Medy, 24, and Rashine Ronald Kale, 38, all of Lawrenceville.

All were charged with felony burglary.

Police said the group was able to obtain more than $15,000 in gift cards before officers, who were alerted to the suspicious activity on Sunday, located and arrested them.

Investigators have not said which recent security breach the credit card numbers were believed to have been stolen in, or why the suspects traveled 2,100 miles from Atlanta to Boise to use the allegedly stolen card numbers.

Last month, Atlanta-based Home Depot announced a major security breach, while retailer Target was hit by a large breach in December 2013.

Just last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said that a huge cyberattack during the summer had compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.