The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit has charged three individuals with fraudulent use of identifying information and now needs your help in tracking down two of them. 

Facing felony charges are Vanessa Bruceta, owner of Vanessa and Associates Transportation Company, Jose Arrebola, and Luis Tornes-Navarro. 

According to investigators, the three were using specially altered pick up trucks with several hundred gallon diesel tanks to transport diesel fuel purchased with stolen credit card information. Most of the stolen credit card information was from IBC and USAA credit card users leading investigators to believe it was obtained through an online security breach. 

So far investigators have found approximately 75 victims and believe there may be many more.

On September 3, investigators located one of the vehicles used in the scheme and found 53 “cloned” credit cards inside. The vehicle was seized for asset forfeiture to prevent its further use in the criminal enterprise. Suspect Vanessa Bruceta, 33, was arrested. 

Investigators need your help in locating Jose Arrebola, 36, and Luis Tornes-Navarro,30. Both have ties to the Cuban community and may have fled the state. 

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit reminds you to protect your personal and financial information by never giving your debit card pin number to anyone. Also avoid letting someone walk away with your credit card, such as at a restaurant or business. Make sure your credit card is always in your sight. Beware of “phishing” emails, and if you notice any fraudulent activity on your accounts, contact your banking institution and the appropriate law enforcement agency immediately. 

Anyone with information about the suspects’ location in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or to submit a tip via the iWatchHarrisCounty phone app. 

See something? Say something! 

iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time. 

For more information please visitwww.iWatchHarrisCounty.com

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Death came in 22 minutes Wednesday night in Huntsville for a man convicted of killing two people 21 years ago.

45 year old Willie Trottie was the 8th person to be executed in the state of Texas this year.

He was convicted for the 1993 Houston murders of his common law wife and brother in law Barbara and Titus Canada.

Investigators say Trottie became enraged when Canada left him and filed a restraining order against the former security guard.

Wednesday evening Trottie was on a gurney with two intravenous tubes in his arms at the Walls Unit when he took his last breath.

The lethal dose of pentobarbitol was pumped in his arm at 6:13 pm…by 6:35 pm he was pronounced dead…but before Trottie died he said his final words to his family and the family of the victims.

Jason Clark is with the Texas Department of Corrections.

He repeated Trottie’s last word for the press: “I’m going home to be with the Lord I’m sorry stay strong Jesus take me home. ”

Next week there is another execution scheduled in Texas…Lisa Ann Coleman is set to die for the 2004 murder of a 9 year old boy.

Note: I served as a press witness at this execution. My first time after being chosen by the Texas Department of Corrections.