Police still seek Kmart defrauders

Photos courtesy Jasper Police Department

From local sources

JASPER — The Jasper Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help as officers investigate the fraudulent use of a credit card Dec. 8 at Kmart, 723 Third Ave., during which almost $1,500 in merchandise was obtained.

A 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.

Police say the same female tried to obtain merchandise in Henderson and Louisville using the same credit card.

The suspect had another woman accompanying her at the Jasper Kmart. Initially, police could not determine if the other woman was aware that a crime was being committed. Authorities now say the second woman is considered a suspect because she used the same fraudulent credit card at the Sunoco convenience store in Ferdinand. The amount of loss in that incident was not immediately available.

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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