Atascadero Police arrest man for credit card fraud

March 24, 2013

carAtascadero Police officers arrested a 20-year-old Bradley man who had more than $60,000 worth of stolen property purchased using stolen credit card numbers. [KSBY]

A joint operation by the Atascadero Police Department, Santa Monica Police Department, and Monterey County Sheriff’s Department led to the seizure of property Vincent Gerard Tarantino  had purchased including 27,000 rounds of ammunition. Stolen property included electronics, a John Deer riding mower, and expensive clothing and accessories,

The joint investigation took place over several weeks and at least three people have been arrested.

During Tarantino’s arrest, Atascadero Police found a loaded, unregistered 45 caliber handgun and marijuana in the vehicle he was driving.


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If you believe that spending over 2 million dollars in arresting one small fish out of hundreds of BIGGER fish, you are all naive. I would hope to believe that as an American every man is innocent until proven guilty, when has the media ever told you the truth? The Atascadero police department has had major flaws and discrepancies throughout their investigation. Millions of dollars, when they could put that towards the COUNTRIES that make it LEGAL to hack and commit credit card fraud and identity theft. There is a much larger picture out there, people. Put your focus on major cities in the US.. On Africa, Russia, China… In no way do I believe this is RIGHT, but some people are a product of circumstance and environment. Everyone makes mistakes some much worse then others, when he is convicted, start your mouthes, until then you are no more innocent then he is and thousands of people who have been wrongfully convicted because our justice system is too lazy to do their jobs thoroughly.

Registered or unregistered guns, in my opinion, is not the story. I read a partial inventory of what has be found in the possesion of THIEVES. Great to hear they were busted and I totally support exporting the manufacturing of redemption. At one time I found Mexico to be practical but that no longer is affordable for housing criminals. Now China is the place to be, ask Walmart, they already have factories for criminals to work, where they can earn their keep. Who knows, the crimeployees may even get to manufacture police whistles and uniforms. Is “oh dang” chinese?

I can tell that a few have not seen Argo yet. Humor can be healthy…..

27K rounds of ammo? He must have bought that over a year ago. There is no ammo for sale on line, at least not that much. There is not that much for sale in gun shops these days either.

Thieves and liars are really down there in the stinking muck of the lowlife. And to think he is doing this at such a young age. No doubt will be a guest of the stone motel for much of his life.

A+ to our law enforcement. Taxes well spent.

The unregistered .45 was also a little disconcerting.

Big deal. There are millions of legally unregistered guns including thousands of .45’s out there. They’ve been around and owned since long before there was even any thought of registration.

I know, I have several myself.

Would you have felt better if it was registered? Would registration have made it less lethal? I’d understand if you were a bit concerned that it was loaded and in the car.

It’s too bad that Mr. Tarantino doesn’t have City Manager Jim App, the former Police Chief of Atascadero, and Jerry Shea, District Attorney, to cover up the loaded unregistered gun until the statute of limitations runs out like they did for our former Police Chief, Lisa Solomon.

Got a credit card thief? GOOD!!! Prosecute the little P.O.S. to the FULL extent of the law. I am so TIRED of indentity thieves and credit card thieves. Arrest them all!!!

Interestingly, CAPSLO’s head of homeless services has also been accused of theft similar to that which Mr. Tarantino has been accused.

She allegedly took gift cards meant for CAPSLO’s homeless clients, and used them for herself, and handed them out to her kids to use.

Wouldn’t it be great to see the kind of police action launched against Mr. Tarantino also launched against Dee Torres?

Oh My God..get over it!!! Really MaryMalone…do you have nothing to do with your life but comment on every gosh dang thing here and then somehow twist it too be part of the CAPSLO’s big cover up? You can keep saying whatever you want…but the truth has already been uncovered. If you cared you would have been at the meeting. But instead you keep spreading more and more trash. Why is that?????…..because you sound pretty pathetic sitting in your room with your tinfoil hat and claiming everything is conspiracy theory. I am starting to think you have mental illness just from reading your asinine comments…..really get a life and go do some good. I’m 100% sure you’re NOT out there helping the homeless or whatever your little rant is on……………better get more tinfoil!!!!!!!!

Definitely need more laws regarding guns, because this guy had one and he sounds like a bad guy!

“because this guy had one and he sounds like a bad guy!”

I’ve a closet full of guns. Because I have them, does that make me a bad guy?

The laws we have need to be used, not just held as a threat. Hundreds of thousands of felons tried to purchase guns in the past, but only a handful were charged with breaking the law.

Spot on…

72,659 in 2010,

“According to the Bureaus Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide, anyone submitting false information on ATF Form 4473 commits a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.

One would think that with the administration’s call to “get the guns out of the hands of criminals,” that they would be genuinely interested in prosecuting said criminals, but as reported earlier, this administration simply wants to go after guns. They are not interested in enforcing the law, which by the way, is their job as the Executive Branch.”

“In a report titled Enforcement of the Brady Act, 2010: Federal and State Investigations and Prosecutions of Firearm Applicants Denied by a NICS Check in 2010 that was authored by Ronald J. Frandsen and funded by tax payers through the U.S. Department of Justice and received in August of 2012, there was a report of 72,659 applications to purchase firearms that were denied ”

“For 2010, background checks totaled 14,320,489. In 2011, checks were 16,336,732, and in 2012, 19,463,832. Background checks for the month of January 2013 were 2,483,230.

This totals 65,376,373 background checks completed since President Obama’s first full month in office, or 44,748 background checks per day!”

“Of approximately 80,000 in 2012 that were denied (a gun) because of a background check … only 44 people were prosecuted for that,” Ayotte said during the February 19 meeting.”

It is astounding that the anti gun crowd wants more and more laws, when it is clear that the thousands of laws today are not enforced.

And that is only those who try and buy them legally. Crooks never obey the law and will always find a way to act out violently against Innocent citizens…

Too subtle, rOy. Given your past posts, the others commenting should have figured that out but they didn’t.

haha! Looks like you’re fooling some of the duller ones here.