December 7, 2017

Stolen cards used in rapid fire by theft suspect

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who used several stolen credit cards in an attempt to rack up thousands of dollars in charges within a matter of minutes.

On November 3rd, the victim was shopping at Marshall’s at the Gulf Coast Town Center when she received a call from her bank advising of possible fraudulent activity occurring with her credit cards.  She immediately realized that her wallet had been stolen at some point during her shopping trip.  After checking on the charges, reports showed that the suspect successfully used one credit card at the Target store at Coconut Point at 4:41 p.m. that afternoon for purchases totaling $1,536.  He then used a different card to make an additional purchase for $1,536, but was declined.  Eight minutes later, he used two different cards to make purchases in the amounts of $818 and $1,024, but was declined both times.  Only three minutes after that, he used yet another card to make a $1,024 purchase, and was declined a final time.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspect walking out of the Target store with some of the items that he was able to purchase before the cards were shut down.  Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the unidentified man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.