Man uses stolen credit cards at Casey's 

STORM LAKE, Iowa | And I thought I had a lot of cards in my wallet. 

On Oct. 4, the Storm Lake Police Department took a report from a reporting party out of Des Moines that a person was unlawfully using their credit card at businesses in Storm Lake.

An investigation determined that a person allegedly purchased approximately $150 in merchandise from a Casey’s in Storm Lake on Oct. 4 with a fraudulent credit card with the victim’s number on it. Security video was acquired from the store with the suspect on it. The next day, police were told that the suspect returned to the store and was allegedly purchasing more items with another credit card. He then left the store. Casey’s staff provided police with a description of the suspect’s vehicle. It was then spotted in the 200 block of West Milwaukee Avenue.

Police identified the suspect as Orlando Miranda Diaz, 28, of Denison, Iowa. Police allege that Diaz had several fraudulent credit cards in his possession. He was taken into custody and transported to the police station for questioning. Diaz’s vehicle was impounded pending application for a search warrant.

That day, SLPD investigators and Denison Police Officers executed a search warrant at Diaz’s residence and car in Denison. In the vehicle, police located and seized a credit card reader, 13 iTunes gift cards, three cell phones, four Redbox movies, a Visa debit card and assorted, unknown pills.

Diaz was charged with ongoing criminal conduct (class B felony), forgery (class D felony) and two counts of unauthorized use of credit cards (aggravated misdemeanor). He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $25,000.00 bond.

Man gets 10 years 

SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man who stole a cooler filled with fish and beer from a backyard was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Hai Nguyen, 47, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to third-degree burglary. As part of a plea agreement, charges of third-degree arson and reckless use of fire or explosives were dismissed.

District Judge Steven Andreasen sentenced Nguyen to five years in prison for the burglary charge and revoked his probation and imposed the five-year prison sentence from a January conviction for an unrelated burglary.

In the recent case, Nguyen entered an open patio at a house in the 1500 block of Virginia Street in the early morning hours of July 4 and took a cooler containing fish and beer while a man and his son were sleeping inside the home. Nguyen was accused of burning the wire of a surveillance camera to disable it.


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