Police: Trio used counterfeit credit cards to steal thousands in clothes, electronics

Police: Trio used counterfeit credit cards to steal thousands in clothes, electronics
Police said the three suspects stole around $20,000 in clothes and electronics. (Photo by Beaverton police)

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Beaverton police arrested three people who they said used counterfeit credit cards to steal thousands of dollars in clothes and electronics from stores along the Interstate 5 corridor on Sunday.

Montral Matthews, 27, Melissa Vongphakdy, 22, and Linda Vongphakdy, 24, were arrested on Monday near the Washington Square mall. Police said the three are from California.

According to police spokesman Mike Rowe, investigators recovered an estimated $20,000 in property from a hotel room where the three were staying. The property included high-end clothes, iPads, iPhones and iPad minis.

Police also recovered between $5,000 and $10,000 in gift cards.

The suspects had more than 100 counterfeit credit cards on them, Rowe said.

Investigators learned the suspects hit stores in Springfield, Salem, Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton earlier Sunday before they were arrested. Nordstrom notified police about a theft on Sunday and gave them a description of the suspects' vehicle.

Police took the suspects to the Washington County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000.