SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Dozens of gang members in the San Francisco area are behind bars this morning following a multi-county crime bust.
Law enforcement agencies in the area are calling it a sophisticated case of credit card fraud.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and police chiefs from three Northern California cities announced the indictment of 32 alleged members of the "Bully Boys" and the "Coco Boys" street gangs east of San Francisco.
Authorities say members of the gangs worked together to defraud hundreds of victims across 13 counties.
The members executed the scheme by breaking into dozens of medical offices, furniture stores and dental offices to steal credit card terminals.
"The perpetrators used the stolen terminals to process the return, but instead of the value of the return going to the business or perhaps to the customer - that credit was placed on a debit card and pocketed by the perpetrators," Becerra said.