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Manhattan Beach police Wednesday announced the arrests of two men accused of making counterfeit credit cards.

Christopher Gude, 22, of Corona, and Kareem Thompson, 24, of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested on Saturday in Corona, the Manhattan Beach Police Department reported.

In May, Manhattan Beach detectives “developed information regarding a suspect making counterfeit credit cards,” according to a police statement. “The cards were being used to fraudulently purchase merchandise and gifts from stores in Manhattan Beach and other cities in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.”

Investigators served a search warrant on Saturday in Corona, where a counterfeit credit card making operation was discovered,” police said.

Detectives said they recovered items that included a laptop computer; an “encoder” for encoding stolen numbers onto credit/gift cards; and an embosser for printing names and raised numbers on cards.

They also seized about 150 counterfeit credit cards, numerous counterfeit IDs and merchandise purchased with the counterfeit cards, MBPD officials said.

–City News Service 

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