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Durham police trying to ID fraud suspects

Posted March 31, 2009

— Durham police are trying to identify two people who used stolen credit cards to purchase more than $800 worth of clothing last October.

A woman told officers her wallet was stolen from her purse at a fitness center on Hillandale Road on Oct. 10, 2008. Later that evening, a man and a woman used the victim’s stolen credit cards to make purchases at Macy’s at Northgate Mall, police said.

The man was described as black, 30 to 45 years old with a slender build. He was wearing a dark ball cap, a dark jacket, blue jeans and white shoes.

The woman was described as black, in her 30s with a medium to large build. She was wearing blue jeans, sunglasses and a white shirt and was carrying a light-colored pocketbook.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Bryant at 919-560-4582 ext. 233 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • JAT Mar 31, 2009

    kadee, not sure but in alot of cases, the cards are used before the person even knows they're missing.

    My mom had this happen and when the person left the place with her cards, she went straight to the mall. Someone recently stole my card after it fell from my pocket and used it 3 times before I even knew it was missing. The bank caught it, though, and put a hold on the card. They know they only have a short time to use it so they do all they can within a few hours.

    But if stores asked for ID, alot of this would be prevented.

  • nonemeant Mar 31, 2009

    This seems suspicious like a purposeful setup. Why didn't she call the credit card companies and cancel her cards????

  • dlb800 Mar 31, 2009

    You are all wrong.

    The only way to combat ID fraud is to make the punishment severe. Instead of giving the guy probation, make the punishment hard labor. Make the guy work for the next 30 years. At least he won't be committing ID fraud for 30 years.

  • LambeauSouth Mar 31, 2009

    you would think they would note those big shiney ear rings the dude is wearing!

  • AtALost Mar 31, 2009

    This should also be a lesson to those leaving their purses unattended in a fitness center or anywhere for that matter. As the economy worsens, I'm carrying a mini purse with only the essentials (lip gloss, etc.). Money and credit cards are in my pockets or locked in my car if I'm doing something strenuous like exercise.

  • JAT Mar 31, 2009

    Well, it's a good thing the sales clerks asked for ID! When will stores start making this mandatory? If you can't show an ID that matches the card, sorry, you can't use the card. It ain't rocket science.