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Credit-card fraudsters strike at Coral Springs Home Depot, police say

July 14, 2014

By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel

July 14--CORAL SPRINGS -- Detectives are looking for a trio who they say has been making repeated purchases at a Home Depot store with stolen credit cards numbers.

Since late April, the suspects -- a woman and two men -- have struck about five times, ripping off more than 14 victims of nearly $6,000, said Sgt. Carla Kmiotek, a spokeswoman for the Coral Springs Police Department.

Security video from the store at 750 University Drive was released Monday in the hopes that somebody might recognize the alleged fraudsters.

The video shows the suspects as they scan their merchandise in the self check-out line. The woman is wearing all black, one of the men is wearing a light blue polo shirt and another man is seen in a white shirt and tan pants.

"The suspects have innocent victims' credit card numbers programmed onto cards and they make numerous purchases of smaller ticket items in the self check out lane with the victims credit card number," Kmiotek said. "The victim will still be in possession of their card so they will not know they are a victim until a later date."

It is not known how the suspects obtain the stolen credit card numbers, Kmiotek said.

"Card numbers can be compromised numerous ways -- through ATM machines, or a clerk who uses a card reader," she said.

Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Detective Karen Hallman at 954-346-1343., 954-356-4542 or Twitter @talanez


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