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Arrests may not be linked to Target breach

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez talked to reporters next to dozens of fraudulent credit cards.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez talked to reporters next to dozens of fraudulent credit cards.Gabe Hernandez/The Monitor via Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas — Two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, according to a South Texas police chief.

But a spokesman for the Secret Service said Tuesday that an investigation is ongoing into the possibility of a link between the Target data breach and the arrests.

One day earlier, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, had used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents stolen from Target. Rodriguez said they were used to purchase numerous items at national retailers .

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He didn’t return calls for comment Tuesday.

In an e-mail, a Secret Service spokesman said: ‘‘The US Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrests announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the US Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection.’’

Asked about the McAllen arrests, a Target spokeswoman said in an e-mail Monday that the investigation was active and ongoing.