Arrest Made in case of Fraudulent Credit Cards, Illegal Purchases of Diesel Fuel, and Illegal Transportation of Fuel.
On January 29, 2019, around 8:00 AM, Detective Iten with the Property Crimes Unit responded to the 7-11 located at 1526 Chiquita Boulevard S to continue with an investigation. Detective Iten made contact with the manager of the store who reported that over the last few days he noticed a red/maroon pickup truck with a Florida tag come to the station twice a day to purchase diesel fuel. The manager thought it was strange because the charges were for a large amount of fuel and thought it was a good idea to contact law enforcement. The purchases were from various different credit cards and the vehicle in question was identified as a 2008 Ford F350 that was registered to Alain M. Misiara Erbite (W/M, DOB: 03/20/1990, 2529 SW 12th Place). It was found that purchases of the fuel was made even when the actual owner of the card still had the credit card in their possession.
Detectives with the Cape Coral Police Property Crimes Unit and Financial Crimes Unit conducted a in-depth investigation into suspect Alain. During the investigation it was learned that Alain would go to several gas stations in Cape Cape and Lee County where he made purchases of diesel fuel. The bed of the truck would sag due to the excess weight of all the fuel that was purchased because it was using an attached fuel bladder. Alain would then go to Lehigh Acres where he would drop off the diesel fuel.
On February 19, 2019 around 9:00 AM, Alain went to the 7-11 at 802 SW Pine Island Road where he was observed purchasing gas with a credit card. Detectives watched the transaction and then followed him to the next location, which was the 7-11 located at 3021 SW Pine Island Road. He purchased more fuel with a credit card at 9:30 AM before leaving to a third 7-11 located at 1526 Chiquita Blvd S. He started to buy more fuel with a credit card at approximately 9:50 AM. Detectives moved in and arrested Alain based on the use of credit cards from previous purchases. Search incident to arrest located over 20 gift cards in his pockets.
The vehicle did have an obvious Fuel tank/bladder in the bed used to fill up with diesel fraudulently and then transport throughout the county before it emptied and sold illegally.
Detective Lamanna charged Alain with Possession of 15 to 49 Counterfeit Credit Cards, 3-counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information to Commit Felony, Transport Dangerous Material – Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel, and Obtaining Fuel by Fraud.
Alain was transferred to the Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Alian M. Misiara Erbite, W/M, DOB: 03/20/1990,2529 SW 12th PL
CHARGES: Possession of 15 to 49 Counterfeit Credit Cards, 3-counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information to Commit Felony, Transport Dangerous Material – Unlawful Conveyance of Fuel, and Obtaining Fuel by Fraud