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Two men have been arrested for allegedly attempting to steal more than $8,000 worth of merchandise from Cabela’s on Tuesday 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 additionally charged with identity theft, also a felony.

Both men are allegedly involved in a multistate theft ring involving thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property, according to Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson.

The Mitchell Police Division was notified of the attempted theft at Cabela’s around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after Cabela’s security confronted Elias, which caused him to flee from the store, according to Everson.

Rivera was arrested leaving Cabela’s on foot shortly after the incident, Everson said. Elias was arrested early Wednesday morning after police from Mitchell and Sioux Falls executed a search warrant at a motel in Sioux Falls.

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

“They were engaging in a scheme where they made it look like they were purchasing items, when in reality they were trying to steal them,” Everson said.

The fake credit cards allegedly used by the two men had no information embedded in their magnetic strips, Everson 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.

Everson declined to say exactly what merchandise the two men attempted to steal from Cabela’s, but noted they targeted smaller, more valuable items. He also declined to say whether more arrests could be made in the case, because the investigation is ongoing.