KNIGHTDALE — Police arrested a town resident Friday night on charges he had used gift cards based on stolen or lost credit cards to get a range of merchandise from several stores, including Target and Walmart.
Yordanis Pacho Batista, 31, of 109 Neuse Harbor Drive was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, which is a more serious level of felony.
According to an arrest warrant served by Knightdale police, Batista went to stores and used gift cards that had been connected with numbers from lost or stolen credit cards. The purchases cited in the warrant stretched from June 1 to Aug. 1.
Stores listed by police were Lowes Foods, Target, Home Depot, Ross, TJ Maxx, American Pride, Office Max, Bed Bath & Beyond, Tractor Supply and Walmart. They said Batista had taken food, power tools and household goods.
The merchandise had, the warrant states, a “stolen value of $8,538.09.”
Batista’s bond was set at $30,000, and the Cuban native he was being held on a detainer request from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials so they can verify his immigration status.