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Man allegedly found with potentially thousands of stolen credit card numbers

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Christopher William Marquez | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — Police have arrested a man they say had dozens of stolen credit cards and potentially thousands of other credit card numbers.

Recently, the Idaho Falls Police Department was on the lookout for a man fraudulently using someone’s name and credit cards to stay at local hotels. On Dec. 20, the Holiday Inn Express called police when someone checked in using the name they had been warned about.

When police arrived, they found Christopher William Marquez, 27, in a hotel room, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Police say during the interrogation he admitted to using the victim’s credit card and name to check into the hotel. Marquez gave police permission to search his wallet.

Inside, investigators say they found several credit cards with other people’s names. Officers also found 1.75 grams of methamphetamine that Marquez at first said belonged to someone else before claiming it as his own.

A further search of the room uncovered a total of 66 credit cards. Police also found nine notebooks containing potentially thousands of credit card numbers, according to court documents. Investigators wrote in the probable cause that they have not yet determined if all the numbers written in the notebooks work.

It’s not clear how Marquez got all of the credit cards and the numbers. Court documents indicate Marquez told police friends gave him the cards.

Police arrested Marquez on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Marquez is facing new felony charges of grand theft, fraudulent possession of a credit card, possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.

A judge set Marquez’s bail at $100,000 and he remains held in the Bonneville County Jail.

A preliminary hearing for Marquez is scheduled for Wednesday.