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AG: Two arrested in Valley wide diesel fuel theft conspiracy

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 19, 2019

PHOENIX — Two men have been arrested after a year-long investigation into diesel fuel thefts in Phoenix, Glendale, and Mesa.

According to court documents, the Arizona Attorney General has filed charges against Bladimir Thomas Rodriguez, 32, and Rene Chavez Valdivia, 30, for using stolen credit card numbers to buy diesel fuel from various fuel vendors in the Valley.

A year-long investigation revealed that in 31 incidents dating back to last April, Rodriguez and Valdivia used fraudulent credit card numbers to purchase diesel fuel at 11 fuel pump locations in Phoenix, Glendale, and Mesa.

They would then allegedly sell the diesel fuel to commercial truck drivers.

Investigators say Rodriguez and Valdivia used credit card numbers stolen from 35 victims.

The pair were arrested April 17 at separate locations in Phoenix.

They’re facing multiple counts of fraud, retail theft, identity theft, and computer tampering.