Lake Charles –
On May 18, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local business in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.
After further investigation deputies learned that two men, later identified as Fernando Francisco Zamora, 33 of Houston, Texas and Jesus Francisco Torres Castro, 48 of Houston, Texas, were attempting to pick up merchandise from a local home improvement store that was purchased with stolen account information from a local business. During further investigation, detectives discovered that Zamora and Castro also attempted to do the same at a home improvement store in Lafayette using the stolen account information from the business in Lake Charles. When the stores contacted the local business owner to confirm the purchases, it was discovered they had not authorized the purchases nor did they know Zamora and Castro,who were picking up the supplies.
Zamora was captured on video surveillance from other stores around the area, and is responsible for other thefts in the area using local business credit cards for purchasing supplies. Hehas stolen over $75,000 from stores in Louisiana and $55,000 from stores in Texas. On May 18, Zamora and Castro were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft, unauthorized use of an access card, theft over $1,500, and criminal conspiracy. More arrests are possible and additional charges are pending.
Judge Wyatt set Zamora’s bond at $300,000 and Castro’s bond at $100,000.
CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator in this case.