A 19-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he allegedly helped steal his friend’s grandparent’s credit cards out of their Greenfield home, then used them to buy an oil change, gas and jewelry.
Augusto A. Gamboa was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Monday with one count of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of possession of narcotic drugs. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
In January, a Greenfield woman contacted police after she found several of her credit cards were missing and someone had used them on multiple occasions between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3. The woman suspected her grandson in the theft because he was found in her bedroom around Christmas.
The grandson was interviewed and he told investigators he took the cards after Gamboa gave him the idea. He said they then used the cards at multiple locations to rack up $1,941 in charges, including an oil change and gas by Gamboa and jewelry from Piercing Pagoda in Mayfair Mall and Southridge Mall.
Gamboa was pulled over by police Jan. 13, and initially told investigators he knew about the purchases, but didn’t know the card was stolen. Officers found receipts for the transactions inside the car and Gamboa was wearing the jewelry purchased at the Piercing Pagoda stores.
Gamboa was placed under arrest and while officers were searching him, a baggie of heroin fell out of his boxer shorts and onto the floor.
He will make his initial appearance in court Aug. 30.