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Stolen credit card used for thousands in gas sales
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Escambia County deputies are trying to figure out who is stealing credit cards and then buying thousands of dollars worth of gas with them. It's been going on for more than a month. The Happy Shopper gas station said they have been hit more than 15 times.
Investigators say the wallets are stolen from cars. They go to the gas station real early in the morning and go from pump to pump filling up gas for several cars with the stolen credit cards.
The owner of the Happy Shopper doesn't want his name mentioned or his face shown, but he does want the suspects caught. He says in the past week, $800 worth of gas has been charged on stolen credit cards. He had no clue how they were doing it until his surveillance video helped solve the puzzle.
He said, "The girls comes up yesterday morning. They came with two other cars over here. They are going to use the stolen card in three different pumps."
He says the suspects often pump gas for several cars. He thinks their exchanging it for cash. A few days later, the person who owns the credit card sees the fraudulent charges and disputes them with the credit card company. The gas station is then stuck footing the bill.
They try to prevent this by asking for a zip code at the pump but when you have a person's whole wallet, it's not difficult to figure out. The gas station owner said, " When you are losing the type of money that you don't have. With a pattern like that, every day $200-250 dollars."
In the past two months more than $2,000 in gas has been stolen from the Happy Shopper. They say the suspects hit them more than 15 times in a week, often several times in just one morning. Store clerk, Amanda Valedez said, "They came back and kept using it and that' the only reason I noticed. They kept coming back."
Valedez was able to identify who was doing it and get their tag. The suspects are still on the loose and the tag number hasn't been released. If you have any information about this, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 433-STOP