MPPD investigating credit card fraud at Menalto Cleaners in Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park

by Contributed Content on October 9, 2014

In September 2014, the Menlo Park Police Department was advised of an alleged large scale theft by credit card fraud at a local business. This investigation uncovered seven known victims with a combined loss of over $200,000.

On October 7, 2014, Menlo Park Police officers and detectives served simultaneous search warrants at Menalto Cleaners located at 1921 Menalto Ave., and a residence in the 400 block of O’Connor Street in Menlo Park. Numerous items of evidence were seized pursuant to these search warrants.

Investigation now indicates over 30 additional possible victims in this fraud with losses in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Investigators are in the process of contacting these possible victims.

The Menlo Park Police Department is recommending that anyone who has used the services of Menalto Cleaners to examine any credit card statements and receipts for the past three years. If they believe they have been a victim of fraud, they should contact Detective Steve Knopp at (650) 330-6364 or swknopp@menlopark.org.

The investigation is continuing, and at this time there have been no arrests made in connection to this alleged fraud.

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