TOLLAND — Four men from out of state were charged with credit card theft and credit card counterfeiting after they tried to use several fake and stolen credit cards a Mobil Station off Exit 68 off I-84 in Tolland.
Carmelo Celestin, 24, of Malden, Mass.; Darren Hughes, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Quasheen Hutson, 28, of New York, N.Y.; and Delroy McNeil, 28, of East Elmhurst, N.Y., were charged with conspiracy to commit sale of untaxed tobacco, conspiracy to commit credit card theft, credit card theft, conspiracy to commit credit card counterfeiting, credit card counterfeiting and unlawful reproduction of a credit card.
Celestin also was charged with having a pistol without a permit in his vehicle, driving at an unlawful speed and driving without a license. McNeil also was charged with identity theft.
Connecticut State Police said they were called to the Tolland gas station on a report of suspicious activity. State police stopped the vehicle westbound on I-84 near Exit 64 in Vernon and after searching the vehicle found fake credit cards and a handgun with six rounds of ammunition. Police also found materials used to counterfeit cards including an embossing machine, two electronic card writers and two laptops.
All four men are being held on $100,000 bail and are scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Rockville on Tuesday.