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Police seek two who used stolen credit card to buy computer

August 08, 2003

Two people used a stolen credit card to buy a laptop computer on Thursday, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

An employee at the David Brooks Outlet Store at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown told police that her wallet was stolen from the store between 11 a.m. and noon. She had credit cards in her wallet.

A short time later, the woman's husband called to ask if she just tried to buy a computer at OfficeMax at the Centre at Hagerstown, police said.

Apparently, a man and a woman immediately used one stolen credit card to buy a $2,000 laptop at Circuit City, police said.

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About 15 minutes later, a man and a woman tried to use the same credit card to buy a computer at OfficeMax, but the company that issued the credit card flagged the purchase. The people trying to use the card left the store, police said.

The two then used one credit card to make a $10 purchase at Sears at Valley Mall in Halfway and to buy gas in Frederick, Md.

When they tried to use the first card to buy two telephones at Office Depot in Frederick and were rejected, the woman carried the phones out of the store without paying for them, police said.

The thieves were described as:

- A black man, 40 to 45 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds and wearing a green shirt, khaki shorts and a ball cap

- A black woman, about 30 to 35 years old, about 5-foot-2, weighing 130 to 150 pounds, wearing a pink shirt. She had black hair with a red tint.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Trooper 1st Class Cody Miller at 301-739-2101.

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