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2 use fake credit cards to steal gift cards from Giant, police say

HILLTOWN TWP., Pa. - Two men are facing numerous charges after police say they used fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards at a Bucks County grocery store.

Police responded to a report of a strong armed robbery around 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Giant Foods Store at 760 Route 113 in the Hilltown Plaza Shopping Center.

Two black men tried to use numerous credit cards to buy Mastercard gift cards in $100 denominations, police said.

The men were confronted by store employees who asked them for ID, police said, but the men refused and demanded the return of the credit cards.

The robbers then made off with the bag of gift cards the clerk had already activated, police said.

The men fled in a white Chevrolet Impala sedan, which Richland Township police stopped around 11:25 a.m. on Route 309 near Pumping Station Road.

The two occupants in the car were identified as the men involved in the robbery, and police took them into custody.

The men were identified as 19-year-old Durwood Elliot Vanlue, of the 5900 block of Spring Street, Philadelphia, and 19-year-old Jihad Lee Smith, of the 5100 block of Hadfield Street, also in Philadelphia.

Each man was charged with robbery, theft by deception, receving stolen property, access device fraud, identity theft, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy.

Both were arraigned and taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown after being unable to post $50,000 bail.

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