The third time was definitely not the charm for a 20- year-old man who police suspect twice got away with using a phony credit card to make purchases at a posh Costa Mesa store only to be caught when he tried his luck again.

Guoquan Wang of Rowland Heights was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he tried to make a purchase worth more than $20,000 from the Buglari store at South Coast Plaza, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Greg Scott.

“Wang had successfully completed two similar fraudulent transactions, at the same store, on two previous occasions in 2014,” Scott said. “During both those transactions, Wang had successfully fraudulently purchased merchandise totaling over $27,000 from Bulgari.”

During his arrest, Wang was found to be in possession of numerous counterfeit credit cards, Scott said.

Wang was booked at the Costa Mesa Police Department jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, forgery and possession of at least one counterfeit credit card and later taken to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana, where his bail was set at $100,000, Scott said.

“Wang is being investigated for his possible involvement in other similar theft schemes,” Scott said.

—City News Service

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