Crime Stoppers: Suspects spent $3,400 using stolen credit card in one store
Police say the duo we are seeking damaged cars, stole credit and debit cards and maxed them out in the space of a few minutes. If you know one or both, the next move is yours. A call to Crime Stoppers could net you some Christmas cash. "They went from shoe shopping to cell phone shopping," said Chattanooga Police Sgt. Victor Miller, "and that's where we get the video from today."
Their shopping spree was on someone else's dime. "In this case, there were two victims that were at the gym, at Planet Fitness," explained Miller. "While they were inside, you know, mere minutes, and they came back out to the vehicles and both were parked near each other and both were damaged."
Stolen was everything from credit cards to Tupperware. "They went on a shopping spree at Northgate Mall within minutes of breaking into the vehicles and spent well over $3400 on one credit card alone," Sgt. Miller added.
From the cell phone store in Northgate Mall, we get a great video of the two suspects. "One of them is a black male. He's wearing all dark clothing," Miller said. "He also has a baseball cap and he actually tries to hide his identity by pretending that he's using his cell phone."
The other suspect stands out a little more. "The female suspect has purple or maroon colored hair," Miller continued. "It looks maroon on the video, but in person, the witnesses are saying, it looks more purple."
The two left in a dark-colored four-door car with a Georgia license plate.
Sgt. Miller says the criminals usually buy things they can trade for cash, quickly: phones, shoes, video game consoles. That's exactly what happened in this case. "If you're working in a retail environment and you notice that someone's coming in and buying multiple items, in large quantities, and maybe they're trying to conceal their identity like one of the suspects in this case did," he said, call police let us check that out."
Up to $1,000 is on the table if you know these two people or even one of them. The good news with Crime Stoppers, neither will ever know you provided the tip to end their crimes.
Call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333.
That line is manned 24/7 and we will never ask your name.