A popular coffee shop in a bustling part of Arlington was raided after its owner was linked to what police described as a large-scale credit card fraud operation.
Regular customers at Rosslyn’s Caffé Aficionado were greeted Friday with unexpected “closed” signs.
Adiam Berhane, who owns the shop, and Clark Donat are accused of cloning credit cards, then using the duplicates to buy and redeem hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift cards.
The nearly year-long police investigation led local, state, and federal authorities to the upscale shop right in the heart of Rosslyn in Arlington County.
Wendy Housefeld would stop by at least twice a day.
“Once for my morning latte, and then in the afternoon for an avocado smoothie,” she said. “I feel sad for the women that worked here who likely lost their jobs today.”
The investigation is ongoing.
There could be more victims. Anyone with information about these incidents or who believes they may be a victim of this fraud is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department.