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Thieves charge $13,000 on credit cards stolen in Apex

Posted January 15, 2014

Apex police want the public's help in identifying these people, captured on security video, who are wanted for questioning in credit card theft.
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— Apex police investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify four people wanted for questioning in the use of stolen credit cards.

The cards were stolen from someone at a Panera Bread in Apex and used immediately at Target in Apex, Target in Morrisville and Buy Buy Baby in Morrisville. The thief or thieves spent $13,000 in fraudulent charges.

Police released images of the four people captured on security video. Anyone with information on them or the crime is asked to call Detective Stephen Russell at 919-249-1148 or text an anonymous tip to TIP411 using the keyword APEXPD.


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  • Dr Sanchez Jan 16, 2014

    "I even have in the signature panel to CHECK ID!!! some do it, most don't :("

    That's because businesses are also bound to their cardholder agreements with Visa/MC - they tell businesses they are not to check for ID UNLESS the verification system tells them to do so. That's it.

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 16, 2014

    This wouldn't have happened had the US not still be using 1960s technology.

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 16, 2014

    I just think with all this fraud going on now a days... they should take away those self swiping machines at ALL stores and registers and all clerks should be required by law to ask for I.D. I myself as a cashier will not swipe a card if its registered to a woman and a man or child come to me with it and before I even swipe it I read the back... ,I believe its required by law, if it says check ID to do so.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 15, 2014

    I don't get asked for ID always when using my cc and I even have in the signature panel to CHECK ID!!! some do it, most don't :(

  • westernwake1 Jan 15, 2014

    This can be prevented if the U.S. adopts the credit card terminal systems used in most of the rest of the world - where the user must enter a 4 digit pin into the retail terminal and a chipped card is used.

    The U.S. is behind the rest of the world in credit card security due to use swipe cards.

  • TeaforTexas Jan 15, 2014

    "Another example of stores not checking anything. I don't mind them asking me for ID, Wish all of them did this to stop these thieves."

    Agreed. With the proliforation of U-Swipe terminals and retail staff who could gave a rats behind about their jobs, this shows no signs of slowing.

  • Vietnam Vet Jan 15, 2014

    Too bad sales clerks don't verify the ID on a credit card transaction as they should. Especially on larger transactions... I thought that was store policy, or is that just during the Christmas shopping rush??

  • mm23 Jan 15, 2014

    Hopefully, with these pictures, this will be an easy one to solve.

  • GALNC Jan 15, 2014

    Don't bash the police. I had my wallet stolen at a Walmart. I went to the Apex PD. The cop went down to Walmart and pulled the video. Unfortunately...they were unable to identify, but they did work with Store Security to make the effort. The person paid with cash..which made it difficult to catch them. It is hard to catch these criminals...thus they are asking for help in identifying them. BTW, they got 40.00 and lots of Credit Cards...but returned the wallet/cards via a post office mailbox a month later. I guess they didn't want to get caught with credit card fraud and just took the cash.

  • ycbs Jan 15, 2014

    This stuff happens all the time and you very rarely see any kind of story about it. The police don't often put this much effort into these kinds of crimes. Why is this newsworthy? Is it the dollar amount that was stolen or is the victim someone important and the police knew they had to take this case seriously?