Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Lower Merion Police were dispatched to the Saks Fifth Avenue store, located at Two Bala Plaza last Thursday at 4:39 PM.  The Saks loss prevention manager had a male in custody attempting to purchase with a bad check.


When arriving at the store, the officers were met by the Saks Loss Prevention Manager who stated he had a Hispanic male in custody for attempting to make purchases with a fraudulent check.  Police report that the check, which was certified, was made out in the amount of $5,530.60.


Gabriel Dejesus Arnauto Rubio, age 25 of the 10,000 block of SW. 27th Terrace in Miami, Florida, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including forgery, deception, identity theft, and access device fraud.  He was also charged with two first degree misdemeanor’s, which included bad checks and the possession of an instrument of a crime.

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According to the police, the loss prevention manager told them that fraudulent certified bank checks were becoming more frequent and indexed this case the floor manager became suspicious of the check Which listed the owner as a roofing company.  


The roofing company was contacted, and a vice president reported that the account number on the check and the routing number where the company’s actual account numbers.  No one had been authorized to make a purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue.


The investigation further revealed that the check number as It was presented had already previously been used in a different transaction.


Gabriel Dejesus Arnauto Rubio was arrested and transported to the Lower Merion’s Police Headquarters in Ardmore where the man was fingerprinted and scanned for tattoos that are placed in a national database and placed into a holding cell to await arraignment set for the next day.


At 10 AM on Friday, Rubio appeared via closed-circuit video before Magisterial District Judge Michael P. Quinn who upheld the charges and set bail at $25,000 cash.  Rubio at first, could not raise the cash and he was committed to the County Prison in Eagleville.


Subsequently, the defendant was able to raise the bail from a Norristown Professional Bondsman.


Rubio’s next court date is scheduled for May 20 at 2:15 PM in front of Magisterial District Judge Karen Eisner Zucker in Narberth.


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