Florida Keys man arrested after store clerks link him to credit card fraud

Man accused of using rewards card, someone else's credit cards from car burglary


KEY LARGO, Fla. – A Florida Keys man was arrested Sunday after two store clerks identified him in a photo lineup as the man who used fraudulent credit cards in their stores.

Omar Pupo, 41, was arrested on charges of fraudulently using someone else's credit cards to purchase items from several stores in the upper Keys.

Pupo's use of his rewards card, along with the use of the stolen credit cards, linked him to the fraudulent credit cards used in three Florida Keys stores, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin.

The credit cards were stolen during a car burglary on Jewfish Avenue when someone entered the vehicle and took a wallet from inside, Herrin said. The car burglary was reported to deputies on March 20.

On the same day of the burglary, the credit cards in the wallet were used several times, at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, at Diver's Direct and West Marine in Key Largo. Two store clerks who identified Pupo in the photo lineup worked at the Key Largo stores.

Pupo faces three counts of grand theft, one count of theft, four counts fraudulent use of a credit card and nine counts of obtaining property by fraud.