Police: Credit card thief tries to rack up several thousand dollars in purchases

Police: Credit card thief tries to rack up several thousand dollars in purchases

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico police are searching for two women they say stole several credit cards and attempted to purchase several thousand dollars worth of items.

Police responded to the Short Pump Town Center on Saturday at 4:11 p.m. for a reported larceny. A personal item was stolen and various transactions were attempted.

Barbara Davison said while shopping with her daughter and granddaughter at the mall, her wallet with seven credit cards inside was stolen.

“I received a credit card alert saying someone tried to use my card at the Apple store at 3:30 p.m.,” she said.

Investigators believe the total attempted charges were in the several thousands of dollars, however the actual successful charge was significantly less.

“My understanding is that the majority of the transactions were declined after the initial successful fraudulent charge,” a detective said.

"It's just a violation,” Davison said. “You work hard for your stuff and your money and someone who doesn't care is just going to come and swipe all of that from you."

Davison is frustrated because she believes employees did not ask for identification when her credit card was swiped multiple times with success and sometimes declined.

“I mean red flag, hello, could this be fraud?” she said. “Nothing."

Messages to Apple on Thursday were not immediately returned.

Police were able to retrieve surveillance images of the suspect and a woman investigators believe is her accomplice.

Henrico Police say the woman on the left stole a woman's credit card on Saturday at the Short Pump Mall. The woman on the right is believed to be the suspect's accomplice. (Source: Henrico Police)
Henrico Police say the woman on the left stole a woman's credit card on Saturday at the Short Pump Mall. The woman on the right is believed to be the suspect's accomplice. (Source: Henrico Police) (Source: Henrico Police)

Mall security was able identify a vehicle the women were in, a newer dark-blue or black Chevrolet Tahoe, which appeared to have out of state plates, police said.

Davison added the women also used her credit cards at nearby Target before the cards started getting declined.

"I had a pin number, I had to have a P.O. number for most of my cards, how on earth did it go through?” Davison said.

That's not the only thing that has left Davison puzzled.

“They had to actually come from behind and reaching in to be able to do that and just take [the wallet] out,” she said. “It was definitely professional.”

Davison has since canceled all of her cards and is working on getting replacements, but she's urging others to make changes when out shopping.

"Zip up your purses, know your surroundings, sign up for those credit card alerts,” she said.

“Henrico Police encourages our community to always keep personal items nearby and within sight or with them to deter this type of criminal activity,” a spokesman said. "It is important to report these larcenies to police, security staff, as well as notify affected banking institutions promptly to have cards deactivated immediately.

Anyone who can identify these women is asked to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000.

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