Elizabethtown Police tracking 2 suspects for using cloned bank cards

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Elizabethtown Police need help catching a man and woman accused of using cloned bank cards.

Police released photos on Facebook of a man and woman, and they've been shared hundreds of times. The man has distinct tattoos on his arm, and there is also a picture of the couple's car.

Investigators say the two have been using cloned bank cards at multiple locations around Elizabethtown, including the TJ Maxx, Chick-fil-A and Kroger.

"We're just asking people to help us identify these two," said Officer John Thomas. "We would like to bring this crime spree to a stop."

Thomas said the suspects are not just stealing credit card information to use online but using that information to make fake duplicates of the victims' credit cards.

"They're very careful not to make large purchases," Thomas said. "And they try to spread out their purchases over gas stations, restaurants, retail outlets. Usually making smaller purchases, trying to avoid detection."

And police believe many of the victims are connected to Fort Knox Credit Union.

"They probably placed a skimming device on an ATM machine and were able to copy down card information using the ATM machine," Thomas said about the suspects' possible strategy.

A representative with Fort Knox Credit Union said the credit union is working to recover any stolen funds. The representative also said they, along with all banks, have been working to prevent fraud like this for decades.

The credit union added covers to the ATMs along with the key pads as a safety precaution. Where you insert your card is also flush against the ATM, so a skimmer should be more noticeable.

A tip from Elizabethtown Police to easily detect a skimmer, pull on the area where you insert the card. If something comes off, then it could possibly be a skimmer. Notify the bank and police immediately.

Thomas recommended everyone check their bank statements. If you see any unauthorized activity, call your bank and police.

And if you recognize or see these two suspects, you're asked call police or the Hardin County Crimestoppers tipline at 1-800-597-8123. You can also send a message to the Elizabethtown Police Facebook page.

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