Florida men accused of hitting Cabela’s for $8,000 in items in South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. — Two men have been arrested for allegedly trying to steal more than $8,000 worth of merchandise Tuesday from Cabela’s in Mitchell.

Yamel Rivera, 26, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Yuseff Antonia Elias, 28, of Miami, Fla., are each charged with attempted grand theft and possession of a forged instrument, both felonies. Elias is also charged with identity theft, also a felony.

Both are accused of involvement in a multistate theft ring involving thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property, said Mitchell police Detective Lt. Don Everson.

Cabela’s security confronted Elias, who fled from the store, Everson said, and Rivera was arrested leaving Cabela’s on foot shortly thereafter.

Elias was arrested Wednesday morning after police from Mitchell and Sioux Falls executed a search warrant at a Sioux Falls motel.

Both men had false identification and used fake credit cards in an attempt to steal the merchandise, Everson said.

The fake cards had no information embedded in their magnetic strips, he said.

“When the card was swiped, it would appear that there was something wrong with the card,” he said.

That forces merchants to manually enter the credit card information, Everson said.

“When that’s done, it’s not immediately discovered it’s a fraud,” he said.

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