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The arrest of a man with 11 allegedly fraudulent credit cards at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto last week led to the seizure of an illegal assault weapon in Oakland on Monday, Palo Alto police said. Anthony Alder, 31, of Oakland was arrested on Feb. 4 by police on suspicion of credit card fraud and burglary at the shopping center, at 180 E. El Camino Real, police said.
Shopping center security officers told police that day that an alert store clerk notified them that a credit card a patron tried to use did not have the typical security features on it, police said. The patron fled the store but security officers located the suspect about 40 minutes later inside a Macy’s store and phoned police at about 3:52 p.m., police said. Palo Alto police officers detained the suspect and found he had 11 credit cards on him that had his name on them but the account numbers of other cardholders, police said.
The suspect had used the cards to buy several hundred dollars worth of gift cards from Macy’s, police said. Alder was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession and use of fraudulent credit card and using personal identification information of another person and booked in the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, police said. After investigating further, Palo Alto police alleged that Alder made a dozen other transactions using the fraudulent cards at a number of retail stores at Stanford Shopping Center the same day.
Detectives, believing that the suspect may have manufactured the fake cards, and with information he may have illegal assault weapons, obtained a search warrant to enter Alder’s residence in Oakland. At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, the department’s SWAT team served the warrant to search Alder’s home in the 3300 block of East 17th Street, where Adler was residing after posting bail, police said.
SWAT officers recovered an illegal AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun reported stolen during a burglary in Manteca last March. Officers also confiscated some high-capacity rifle magazines and additional evidence related to credit card identify theft, but no manufacturing equipment, police said. They arrested Alder, who was on probation for narcotics convictions, on suspicion of being a convicted felon with a firearm and ammunition, possession of an illegal assault weapon, possession of stolen property and probation violation. Palo Alto police took him to the Alameda County Mail Jail for booking, police said.
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