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Crime Stoppers: Identity Theft

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In cases of identity theft, it is nearly impossible to get surveillance pictures of the initial crime happening; whether they find your personal information in the trash, or make their own imprint of your credit card when you pay for something. When they go to use that information, however, we can spot them. That is exactly what happened in this case and the pictures could lead you to a Crime Stoppers payday.

Police say the guy in our pictures used a stolen identity to open a Capital One charge account and was able to run up a bill of over $700 before it was shut down. The pictures come from Academy Sports over near Hamilton Place Mall, one of the stops in his shopping spree in July.

Have a good look. He looks to be a white male with an average build, perhaps in late 20's to early 30's and around 5'10" tall. "I think this is an ongoing problem with this person," said Chattanooga Police Fraud Investigator Charles Petty who has watched the video from which the stills are taken. "I mean, he's real smooth about how he's doing it and no problem in using the cards."

Petty tells us, there is an important lesson for everyone here. "This is a big problem anywhere nowadays," he explained. "People, with their personal information, needs to protect that. Either shred it or take it to a shred box somewhere to deposit it. Please don't throw anything in your trash can."

Does our suspect look like someone you know? Your information could keep him from scamming someone else and, your good tip could get you free money.

Call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333

Up to $1,000 is up for grabs and your anonymity is guaranteed. A police officer may answer the phone, but he will never ask for your name.

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