Gonzales police on Thursday arrested a man and a woman from Romania accused of skimming credit cards, according to police spokeswoman Charlotte Smith.
St. John Parish Sheriff's Office investigators notified the police that suspected credit card skimmers were driving in the area in a beige Toyota Sienna van with a temporary license plate, Smith said.
After agencies from different parishes began searching for the vehicle, Gonzales detectives spotted the van in the parking lot of the Tanger Super Stop at 2618 W. Highway 30 in Gonzales, according to the press release.
Daniela-Stefania Ianev, 30, and Marius Daniel Nuta, 24, were inside the van. Smith said Ianev is in the country illegally and Nuta has pending immigration proceedings and was out on a $10,000 immigration bond.
Police found $4,664 in cash and 57 gift cards encoded with bank account information and labeled with pin numbers and dollar amounts inside the van, Smith said.
Two other Romanians, 24-year-old Nauris Matei and 24-year-old Cati Elinescu, were inside the store, but walked away before officers found them, Smith said. All four people had the same address of 2421 White Horse Road, Jacksonville, Florida.
Ianev and Nuta were both arrested on 57 counts of monetary instrument abuse and one count of access device fraud valued at $22,161. Ianev was also listed as a fugitive of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for one count of the Anti-Skimming Act, Smith said.
Smith said additional arrests are expected for both Ianev and Nuta for other agencies.