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Two men arrested following fraudulent activity at Riverside Post Office

RIVERSIDE - Riverside Police Feb. 7 arrested two Chicago men who reportedly were using stolen credit cards and fake IDs to set up phony back accounts before committing financial crimes, according to Riverside Police Department news release.

Keshaun A. Bullock, 27, and Ashawn L. Jones, 22, both of the 1800 Block of South Avers Avenue in Chicago, were charged with felony unlawful possession of stolen credit cards after they were arrested at the Riverside Post Office, 45 E. Burlington St., the release stated.

Police at about 10:30 a.m. received a phone call regarding suspicious activity at the post office. The caller said several men came in to the facility and attempted to purchase money orders in the amount of $995 with stolen credit cards and IDs. Once police were called, the individuals fled, according to the release.

Police arrested Bullock and Jones as they exited the post office. Jones was armed. He had a valid FOID card and concealed carry permit but was in the commission of a crime when the gun was within arm's reach in the car. The weapon was a FN FNS pistol/semi-automatic.

Riverside Police have submitted a request for a revocation hearing on his FOID and CCL as he had the handgun in the getaway car they were using, according to the release.

A two-day investigation revealed that the men were committing residential and car burglaries in Chicago. They would steal items including credit cards and then produce fake IDs, according to the release.

Before attempting to commit forgery in Riverside, the men had successfully stolen $2,000 in La Grange. They then immediately drove to the Riverside's Post Office and attempted the same crime, the release stated.

The offenders used a car rented through the car sharing app, Turo. This service is similar to a rental car company but done through individuals. The owners of the car had no involvement in the crime, according to the report.

Riverside detectives contacted the United States Postal Inspector Service and United States Secret Service to assist them in this investigation. Both agencies responded to Riverside's request and assisted in the overall criminal investigation.

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