Four Thornton detectives recognized by U.S. Department of Justice

Four Thornton Police Department detectives have been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department for their work in breaking up million dollar credit and gift card scam that targeted mostly senior citizens.

Detectives Bryan Bennett, Ty Deichert, Fred Longobricco and Ian Ranshaw were honored Friday, in a virtual presentation from police headquarters by the DOJ as part of the 4th Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.

On Jan. 15, 2018, Walmart notified Thornton police that they were investigating a scheme involving stolen credit card information. The Thornton detectives partnered with the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security and the State Department pursuing the international case, according to a news release.

During surveillance operations, the detectives went through suspects’ trash on multiple occasions and then spent days reassembling shredded gift cards that ultimately lead the investigation to East Asia, the release said. Gift cards were bought with fraudulent credit information and the gift cards were then laundered overseas. Two defendants have pleaded guilty in the case and another 25 defendants are being monitored.

“Their actions are a testament to what law enforcement officers contribute to our nation each day, keeping us safe from violent crime and building more trusting communities, and they are deserving of our collective thanks,” said Attorney General William P. Barr in a Tuesday news release preceding Friday’s ceremony.

In all the justice department recognized 23 law enforcement officers and deputies from 12 jurisdictions across the nation.

“The Attorney General’s Award recognizes individual state, local, and tribal sworn rank-and-file police officers and deputies for exceptional efforts in policing,” the news release said.

Phil Keith, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services with the DOJ and local representative took part in the virtual salute.

 

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