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Two arrested in credit card scam at Calistoga inn

Two people suspected of using fake credit cards to stay at a Calistoga bed-and-breakfast inn and rent a car were in custody Sunday at the Napa County Jail, Calistoga police said.

Vadim Alex Donchu, 34, of Santa Rosa and Khristina Pavlova, 30, of Vancouver, Wash., were held on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and grand theft using fraudulent credit cards, Sgt. Tim Martin said.

Staff at the inn found a pile of credit cards with various names in a room Saturday just vacated by Donchu and Pavlova, Martin said. They called police at 12:30 p.m. to report the suspicious finding.

Before an officer arrived, Donchu and Pavlova returned to the inn and collected the cards, Martin said.

With a description of their vehicle — a 2013 GMC Yukon with Colorado license plates — an officer pulled them over at Lincoln and Washington streets.

Pavlova, who was behind the wheel, had no license, Martin said. Officers found more than 20 credit cards, all with different names that weren't Pavlova or Donchu, Martin said.

Police also suspect the pair used a fraudulent credit card to rent the car in Denver.

Pavlova was held on $25,000 bail. Donchu was held without bail due to two outstanding warrants from Sonoma County, including a felony no-bail warrant for his arrest, Martin said.


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