Jin Hua Lin, Xunhai Zheng. Washington County Jail booking photos
Evidence photo: Tigard Police
TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -
Police arrested two men from Los Angeles accused of using counterfeit credit cards to make more than $100,000 in purchases throughout the Portland metro area.
Xunhai Zheng, 33, and Jin Hua Lin, 22, are in the Washington County Jail on charges of aggravated theft, aggravated ID theft and organized retail theft.
Police were called to the Washington Square Mall on Wednesday after Nordstrom security workers spotted the duo. Investigators said they had been notified about Zheng and Lin the previous day after store owners discovered they had used fraudulent credit cards to purchase gift cards and other merchandise.
Officers from Tigard and Beaverton went to the mall, found the suspects and followed them throughout the afternoon. Police said they went on another "shopping spree" at the Macy's store located at The Streets of Tanasbourne shopping center.
Zheng and Lin then went to a hotel in northwest Portland, where they were ultimately arrested. A search of the hotel led to an extensive collection of gift cards and merchandise purchased with counterfeit credit cards, according to police.
Tigard police said Zheng and Lin were responsible for more than $100,000 in fraudulent purchases. Of that amount, nearly $30,000 happened in Washington County alone within a matter of hours Wednesday.
The case remains under investigation. Lin's bail is $25,000, while Zheng is listed as having an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, according to the Washington County Jail website.
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