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Suspect stole new credit card from mailbox, detectives say

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A Hernando County man has been charged after investigators say he stole a woman's new credit card from her mailbox and racked up charges on it.

Indalesio "Indy" Basaldua was already in jail on other fraud-related charges.

Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office say he stole the credit card from a mailbox in Brooksville.

He then made purchases with it totaling just over $400. Detectives say they have video surveillance from four of the six places the credit card was used.

He also stole bank account information from an overseas service member's mailbox and transferred thousands of dollars out of it, the sheriff's office said.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, he has had nine arrests in the past three weeks; six of those were for fraud charges.

In the meantime, one of his victims, who asked us to not identify her, says she is scared.

When she applied and was approved for a new credit card, it never came. Instead:

"I received a letter in the mail the beginning of January that stated than an account had been opened in my name, and to please call, and it was from the fraud department of Chase," the victim said.

She called police, and sure enough, the story sounded all-too familiar.

"He's going around stealing mail sometimes checks, credit cards things like that and then making purchases with the checks or with the credit cards before the people even know that they're gone," said Hernando Sheriff's spokesperson Denise Moloney.

Basaldua is charged with organized fraud. His bond was set at $20,000.

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