GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) – Investigators with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said they are looking for the suspect in a credit card fraud case.
They provided images and video exclusively to WAVY News that they said shows a man before and after committing a crime. Investigator Kris Coughlin told WAVY.com the surveillance video shows a man walk into a Gloucester Walmart with a hat and coat on.
“He’s literally standing at the same register and he swipes the card,” Coughlin said. “Once that’s done, he goes and rings up a couple more items, swipes the card again. And he just stands there, and he’ll make multiple transactions.”
On the video, you can see what appears to be the same man leaving the store. Coughlin said the man changed his clothes and returned to the store in a different jacket about 15 minutes later.
“Using the card number that we have and the transaction date, we’re able to enter the card number into Walmart’s system, and we’re able to get that time, the register and all the identifying information of the transaction,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin told 10 On Your Side the suspect went to a different Walmart in Williamsburg and spent more money with the same card information. A few days later, the victim called deputies when she noticed inconsistencies in her credit card statement, according to authorities.
Coughlin said the victim had the card on her the entire time. He said suspects can steal credit card information in a number of ways.
“There’s a device that within 10 feet you can scan someone’s information out of their wallet, without talking to them, touching them, anything like that,” he told WAVY.com. “It’s unknown at this time how this particular individual was able to obtain her information, but we’re fairly certain that it’s not one of those larger releases because it’s a local person in a fairly local store.”
Coughlin said the suspect could be connected to people the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office is already looking into.
“We’re encouraging individuals to take steps towards protecting themselves like checking their bank accounts regularly and using these sleeves that are able to block the transmission of your information,” Coughlin said.
Managers at both Walmarts did not provide comments about the investigation.