HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – The Hanover Sheriff's Office just released photos of two women they say charged thousands of dollars on three stolen credit cards. According to detectives, it happened in November. They say the two have purchased items at stories in Hanover, Henrico, and James City counties.
"They went about buying high-end electronics, game systems, expensive jeans and things like that," explained Captain Mike Trice with the Hanover Sheriff's Office.
At least two out of the three victims said their wallets were not stolen, but a single credit card was snatched. It took a call from the credit card company to put them on alert.
"Criminals might stand there all day looking for a chance, looking for an opening," said Trice. "And if you give it to them, they're going to try to take advantage of it."
Captain Trice said crimes like this one are common during the holidays.
Reports of counterfeit money are also climbing. Both businesses and customers are seeing more fake cash in circulation.
At least one Hanover business checks every dollar twice. It has to after learning that lesson the hard way.
"We took our bank deposit across the street, made the deposit and it stopped at a $100 bill," explained Beverly Hylton. "And we were told it was counterfeit. And when it's counterfeit we have to come out of our pocket with the money."
Beverly Hylton doesn't know which client slipped her the fake Ben Franklin.
Meanwhile investigators hope you can lead them to the women they say are using those stolen cards. Police say it's pretty likely the pair will snatch plastic and strike again.