Police log for 5/5

May 05, 2003

Credit fraud is focus of Crime Solvers

The J.C. Penney Department Store in Hagerstown has been the victim of counterfeit credit cards - the subject of this week's Crime Solvers case in Washington County.

According to Maryland State Police, the suspect has a credit card that resembles a valid card but when the card is scanned, the computer does not register the needed information and refuses to accept the card.

The number imprinted on the card could be that of a valid card holder, but there is no name verification when the card is not accepted by the scanner, police said.

When the card is not accepted by the scanner, the store has the option of manually running the credit card. This happened on four occasions between Nov. 2002 and April 2003 for a loss of nearly $7,000 from the jewelry department, police said.


The suspect is a black male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds.

All leads in this case have been exhausted and Crime Solvers is seeking the help of the community.

If anyone knows the person or persons responsible for the crime, Crime Solvers wants to hear about it.

Call Crime Solvers at 1-301-733-4141. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day.

Callers need not give their names, only the information. If the information leads to the arrest and indictment of the persons responsible for the Crime of the Week, a reward of up to $1,000 will be paid.

Cash rewards of between $100 and $1,000 are also given for information leading to arrests on other crimes.

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