Crime Stoppers: Duo in a Credit Card Scam
Chattanooga Police need your help tracking down two suspects who got away with a $500 Visa card, right in front of a Walmart employee. There is up to $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward cash if you can identify at least one of the criminal duo.
We have featured crimes like this before, but not at the retail and loss prevention giant Walmart. Good for us, they have great cameras. If you know who they are, that makes your job even easier.
It was April 21st when our criminal duo walked in to the Hixson Walmart. By design, they showed up at 6:00 AM. "These are planned out," explained Chattanooga Police Officer Mark Frazer. "These aren't random. They know they can go in the early hours when there's fewer people around and they could more easily distract the attendees and get away with their crimes."
When they approach the register, one diverts the clerk's attention while the other gets busy. "These people know how the register works at the stores," Said Off. Frazer, "so, they're able to distract the person that's running the register and then ring something up on their own just by leaning over the counter and pressing a few buttons and activating a prepaid Visa card to the dollar amounts they want."
In this case it was $500. "It's a great way to get a lot of money in your pocket, instantly," Frazer added, but he was quick to point out, it is also against the law.
Good security cameras at Walmart give us a clear look at the two and the white van in which they are believed to have traveled. "We are really looking to identify the lady with the short hair, pink shorts, and a tank top," Frazer added. "They're pretty skilled of their little scam, but we are honing in on them, quickly."
Up to $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward cash is on the table. If you recognize the partner in the tank-top, your payday is a phone call away.
Call Crime Stoppers at: 698-3333
If you get voicemail, leave a way for Officer Frazer to get back with you. He will have questions, but he will never ask for your name.