On November 4, 2023, a customer at Tire Kingdom located at 4561 Macy Lane purchased tires using their credit card. The transaction took place via telephone, with the customer giving an employee their credit card number. Within 24 hours, the victim began receiving alerts their credit card had been used in an attempt to transfer money via an online app.
On Monday November 6th the victim contacted police to investigate, suspecting the employee had been using his credit card information. During the investigation,
Detectives learned the employee, Jorge Ruiz, had indeed attempted to use the victim’s card twice in an attempt to transfer money to himself. Ruiz later admitted to using the card information and was taken into custody.
Officials with Tire Kingdom, who has been purchased by Mavis Tires and Brakes, were cooperative during the investigation and stated they did not condone Ruiz’s actions.
If any customers of the Tire Kingdom in Lake Wales had a similar experience with Ruiz, please contact the Lake Wales Police Department at 863-678-4223.