NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – According to Trumbull County Jail Deputies four men from Brooklyn, New York are in their jail for their role in a credit card theft ring, Wednesday. Avery Goodluck, 25; Brian Edmundson, 22; Quintell Harris, 27; and Hassan Khawajah, 24 are facing charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt behavior, theft and telecommunications fraud in connection to the crime.
The four men appeared via video arraignment in Niles Municipal Court Wednesday morning. A judge set their bonds at $20,000, and they all have a preliminary hearing on Monday, March 14.
One-by-one, police searched and handcuffed the four men Tuesday afternoon in Niles. Nile Police said they tried to use stolen credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise at Best Buy.
“We got them stopped down the road, but not before they threw what ended up being 52 stolen credit cards out the passenger window,” Niles Police Lieutenant Dan Adkins said.
Inside the van, police found a paper shredder, iPads, Apple Watches, and a few gaming systems, all items that investigators said were purchased with the cards.
“Cards are put in their names, but the credit card numbers are taken from somebody else’s credit cards, so they really don’t know how much is left on those cards, so they just go in and keep trying to use them until they get lucky,” Adkins said.
Police said the men had used the credit card at the Best Buy in Boardman Monday, and that’s why the store in Niles knew to be watching for suspicious activity.
So far they’ve been able to identify two of the men as Brian Edmundson and Avery Goodluck, both from Brooklyn, New York, but all four men will be facing several felonies, including theft by deception.
“We’ve also contacted the U.S. Secret Service, because this is criminal simulation, credit cards being manufactured and brought from out-of-state, they’re very interested in taking a look at this case and talking to these suspects,” Adkins said.
Because of layoffs in the city, the only three officers scheduled to work the roads were tied up with this incident, so the department had to ask Weathersfield for help answering other calls in the city.
Editor’s note: Charges against Khawajah were dismissed in June when a grand jury did not find sufficient evidence to indict him.