Pictured are two of the three members of a crew who rob unsuspecting shoppers, then purchase gift cards with the stolen credit cards. Photo/Fayetteville Police Department.
Fayetteville police, along with other metro Atlanta agencies, are looking for three people stealing credit cards by distracting shoppers, then purchasing gift cards with the stolen credit cards.
Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Chad Myers said an incident that occurred at the Kroger store on the south side of Fayetteville mimics similar incidents seen recently in other areas of metro Atlanta.
Myers said the three-person crew on Feb. 3 purchased $1,500 in gift cards at Kroger, using a credit card stolen from Newnan. The three then remained in the store, subsequently distracting an older woman who was shopping. He said one of the three tapped the woman on the shoulder and asked a question, while another accomplice stole her wallet.
The three then exited the store and drove to the Kroger on Fayetteville’s north side and purchased $500 in gift cards using the credit card stolen from the woman, Myer said.
The three-person crew consists of a Hispanic female in her 20s, a black female in her 40s and a white male in his 40s, Myers said.
Myers said similar incidents have occurred in areas such as Norcross and Johns Creek, where the victim is often an older female.
Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 770-461-4441.