There’s one less option for cash-seekers at the California State Fair.
Cal Expo Police confiscated an ATM after a fair-goer’s card number wound up stolen.
“The numbers were actually stolen from Cal Expo,” Cal Expo Police Sgt. Scott Smith said.
They arrested Darius Evans, 21, from his Greenhaven home, and accuse him of stealing and using credit card numbers.
Inside his home, an officer seized more than $1,000 in cash, limited edition athletic shoes including Air Jordans, hundreds of dollars worth of Prada and Louis Vuitton belts, loaded weapons, and bags of marijuana
Cal Expo Police said the caper began the first day of the state fair, after a man used an ATM there.
“He started getting phone calls from his bank within a couple of hours, saying his account is being drained,” Sgt. Smith said.
The victim contacted Cal Expo Police, and identified which ATM he used.
“He told us he hadn’t used his credit card in a week or so, and it was just very circumstantial that within a couple of hours. We believe there`s a link into the ATMs here at Cal Expo. We’re still looking into that exactly,” Sgt. Smith said.
They linked activity from the victim`s card to purchases made in South Sacramento. Merchants provided police with a name and even surveillance video of the suspect.
“It just steam rolled from there,” Sgt. Smith added. “We hit the house this (Tuesday) morning about 7:50. Suspect was home, he was taken into custody at that point.”
San Francisco Sheriff’s Department had a felony warrant for Evans for similar charges. Elk Grove Police detectives contacted Cal Expo Police Tuesday evening, believing Evans may be their suspect in open cases as well.