110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Jun 18, 2013 - 4:16:31pm
Sheriff's investigators are asking the public for help in identifying and locating a suspect believed to have committed identity theft and credit card fraud earlier this year.
The suspect is shown in pictures taken from surveillance cameras at an Orange City 7-Eleven store, where the man is said to have made several purchases on April 29. The suspect also made purchases the same day at a Winn-Dixie in DeBary, Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said in a news release.
An investigation was begun in April, after a Connecticut woman returned home following a visit to the Orlando area. the woman discovered there were two purchases of about $500 apiece at the Winn-Dixie and several more for about the same amount at the 7-Eleven, Haught said.
Since the 43-year-old woman never lost possession of her credit card during her visit, investigators believe a skimmer device may have been used to obtain the woman's credit card information, Haught said.
Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and the Orange City Police Department interviewed employees at both stores, and Winn-Dixie workers said the suspect earlier had made similar purchases that they thought were suspicious.
In the surveillance videos, the suspect is wearing a dark T-shirt and orange or gold pants. Upon leaving the convenience store, the suspect was seen getting into a black, 2011 to 2013 sport-utility vehicle, Haught said.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Sgt. Virgil Ford at 386-668-3830 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS. Residents can also text a tip by sending "TIP231 plus the message" to CRIMES. Tipsters will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.
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