Kmart defrauder sought by police

The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying this woman who alledgedly defrauded Kmart of $1,500 in merchandise Sunday night.

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman alleged to have defrauded Kmart, 723 Third Ave., of $1,500 in merchandise Sunday night.

The suspect was a 5-foot-6, brown-haired, white female weighing approximately 200 pounds who was wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt with the word “Pink” on the front, according to police. The woman, who had an infant with her, put about $1,500 worth of merchandise in a cart of checked out in the electronics department, where a relatively inexperienced employee was running the counter, according to authorities.

Police said the suspect used a fraudulent card that she represented as a debit card to obtain the merchandise. An investigation revealed the card was actually a prepaid gift card that was never registered.

Kmart officials told police the same suspect attempted the identical ruse at a Henderson store but was unsuccessful in that attempt. Jasper police also said the Sunoco convenience store in Ferdinand was victimized by the suspect; the amount of loss in that incident was not immediately available.

The suspect appeared to have another woman accompanying her at the Jasper Kmart but police indicated it could not initially be determined if the other woman was aware that a crime was being committed.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Jasper police at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS (2677).

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