Man arrested on suspicion of targeting Long Beach businesses in credit-card reader refund scam, police say

A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of stealing more than a dozen point-of-sale terminals in Downtown Long Beach, which authorities say were then used to pull money out of the victim businesses’ accounts.

Long Beach resident Soviya Phuiwandee was taken into custody in the area of Alamitos Avenue and East Ocean Boulevard after officers spotted him wearing the same clothes used in previous break-ins.

“Over the last few weeks, detectives, officers, and a crime analyst have worked to follow all leads,” a Long Beach Police Department statement said. “Using video surveillance, LBPD personnel identified a suspect and developed a plan to apprehend him.”

He was arrested and booked on 13 counts of burglary. He remains jailed in lieu of $260,000 bail.

Following his arrest, detectives recovered 19 point-of-sale terminals during a search of Phuiwandee’s residence.

Police recovered 19 pont-of-sale terminals from the home of Long Beach resident Soviya Phuiwandee

Burglar hits 10 Long Beach businesses in credit-card reader refund scam, police say

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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