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Police say man used stolen credit cards and IDs to spend thousands on hotel room, clothes, rental car

Avriste West (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Avriste West (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

A man from California was arrested in Baton Rouge on dozens of charges after police said they found "a stack of credit cards" in a hotel room paid for with a stolen credit card.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Avriste West, 39, of Oakland, California, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of felony theft, access device fraud (24 counts), identity theft (3 counts), monetary instrument abuse (24 counts) and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after officers were contacted about a customer renting a room using a stolen card.

Investigators said West was arrested Sunday after staying in a hotel on Hilton Avenue in Baton Rouge for nearly a month. They added he racked up $4,891.60 in charges to the hotel with a stolen card that had a different name on it.

Detectives said they also saw "several counterfeit access device making tools" in the room. They said those included a credit card reader for a tablet, blank credit cards, an external hard drive, tax return checks and credit cards with other names on them.

Authorities reported there were shopping bags that contained designer clothes, accessories and several sales receipts. They also reported a careful search of the room turned up paperwork that a car had been rented in Kenner under the same name as the one used to rent the hotel room. Officials said the documents showed the car should have been returned more than a month before the incident.

According to detectives, West rented the BMW under a fake name, using a counterfeit driver’s license and paid for it with a counterfeit credit card.

The investigation is ongoing.

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