Police: Central Texas man not involved in Target breach

Guo Xing Chen

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Guo Xing Chen, 40, was arrested in Georgetown, Texas. Police believe he may have been involved in the December 2013 data breach at Target stores nationwide.



Posted on May 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 6:27 AM

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GEORGETOWN, Texas -- Police have arrested and charged a man for using a stolen credit or debit card at a Target store.

According to an arrest affidavit, police originally believed 40-year-old Guo Xing Chen may have been involved in the $70 million Target credit breach in December 2013.

However, in a press release late Wednesday night, Georgetown police said there is no indication he is connected to the larger breach and they don't believe he was responsible.

Police say on Dec. 12, Chen and another unidentified man used a stolen credit or debit card to purchase several gift cards at a Target store at 1021 West University Avenue in Georgetown and at another Target store in Round Rock.

Police also believe Chen used the stolen cards the previous day at a Target store in Temple, Texas. An internal "Be On The Lookout" alert had been issued within Central Texas Target stores.

The affidavit says Chen had an outstanding felony warrant for credit or debit card abuse from the State of Arkansas.

Chen was charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and credit or debit card abuse.