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September 5, 2012

Accused Walmart manager was arrested at Bon-Ton

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The victim questioned Martinez as to why he was copying the information down, but Martinez told him he needed it to handle the request. The victim told authorities he didn’t think anything of it at the time.

But on Wednesday, the fraud department at the credit card company called the victim and said there had been multiple charges on the card at retail websites. The victim immediately suspected Martinez. 

Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the store to investigate and the officers’ report states Martinez initially denied the allegations, saying, “I don’t know anything about anyone’s credit cards.

The deputies then consulted with store security and found a video of the transaction in question. 

Eventually, Martinez succumbed to detectives’ questions and admitted his actions, the report said.

“OK, yes, I wrote down the customer’s credit card number and security code. ... I went home and used the credit card information to buy a few iPhones online,” the report quotes. 

The arrest report states Martinez bought the phones from a few different websites and planned on selling them to a store.  

He admitted to being arrested “up to eight times before” and stealing another Walmart customer’s credit card information for the same purpose. NT detectives are continuing to investigate the case and Wal-Mart representatives have not returned 

Martinez is being held in lieu of $500 bail. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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