Police seeking 3 people accused of charging thousands to stolen credit cards
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Surveillance video inside a Jefferson Mall store shows a man and a woman walking around, buying merchandise, and eventually walking out the doors. It sounds innocent enough but police say the pair used a credit card that wasn't theirs.
“The suspects pictured used the victim’s card without their permission to the tune of about $1,000 dollars,” LMPD Detective Scott McConnell told WDRB News.
The two didn't just stop there.
“They made multiple purchases at multiple places,” said Det. McConnell.
Police are also searching for another woman. They say she too used a stolen credit card, at the Walmart on Outer Loop -- spending more than a thousand dollars that didn’t belong to her.
“A lot of the suspects that do this, they realize they don't have much time so it's their objective to get things spent as quickly as possible,” said Det. McConnell.
On any given day people can be seen coming and going at the mall, shopping bags in hand. Some shoppers say they don't use credit cards anymore because they don't want to be the next victim.
“I'm just kinda scared someone might steal my identity or something so I just use all cash,” said Rodolfo Vidales.
Det. McConnell says it only takes a matter of days or even hours for thousands of dollars to be charged on a stolen card. He says in these two cases the criminals went on a shopping spree before the card was canceled.
“They kind of have an open checkbook with someone else's money - that’s pretty much what a person’s credit card is to the people that do this,” said Det. McConnell.
He says the very moment someone realizes their card is missing -- do not hesitate to cancel it.
“I think it would help eliminate some of this,” said Det. McConnell.
But to be 100 percent positive that someone doesn't steal his credit card, Vidales is sticking with using his cash.
“It's safe that way,” said Vidales.
If you recognize any of the people in the video you can contact Detective McConnell directly at 574-7981 or by calling the police tip line at 574-LMPD.
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