The Lubbock Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in multiple forgery cases targeting older women.
Even in Brownfield, all people, not just women should be aware and be careful with their shopping carts. Of course women are usually carrying purses and often place their purses in the shopping cart while shopping. This makes a person easy prey for anyone looking to steal wallets or purses.
Chief Tony Serbantez urges everyone to always be aware of their surroundings. “We just have to learn to pay attention and not give anyone the opportunity. Be sure you know where your purse or credit and debit cards are at all times. You cannot be too careful.”
The suspects are accused of targeting women in their 70′s by distracting them while shopping then stealing the victims’ wallets. Police believe six separate cases by be connected to an organized operation.Full ScreenAutoplay1 of 6The suspects are accused of targeting older women, in these cases in their 70s, by distracting them while shopping. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)
Investigators say within the hour the suspects are using the victims’ debit or credit cards to purchase mostly gift cards in various amounts. Some purchases have been several thousand dollars, according to police.
These crimes have been reported at various Lubbock stores including United Supermarkets, Costco, CVS, Food King and Home Depot.
Investigators believe the suspects have European accents. Police are not only asking for the public’s helping in identifying these suspects, but are also warning other people who believe they may be a victim of these crimes to come forward. Police are asking for any information that can help solve these cases.
The suspects have also been linked to similar cases in Amarillo and Wichita Falls.
Charges could be debit, credit card abuse, theft but those charges could be enhanced.
From KCBD and local reporting