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Recent thief cashes in with stolen credit card

October 16, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying an unknown man who used a stolen credit card to withdraw cash from a Lehigh Acres resident's bank account.

According to deputies, the victim left her purse and wallet in her car during the overnight hours of Oct. 5. The following morning, she noticed that her belongings were missing.

The vehicle was parked in her driveway on Chemstrand Street East, and it did not appear that there was forced entry into the car.

Upon investigation, detectives learned that at least one of her credit/debit cards had been used shortly thereafter at a local CVS store, where cash was withdrawn from her account.

Surveillance video captured images of the man walking in and out of the store, and now Crime Stoppers is hopeful someone will be able to identify the man.

"Anytime someone leaves their valuables in an unlocked car, they are opening themselves up to becoming the victim of a crime," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator. "Thieves are typically looking for an easy target - not one which will draw attention to their illegal behavior. Taking the one quick step of locking your doors can ensure that your belongings won't end up in the wrong hands - especially credit cards and personal identification - which can lead to further problems down the road."

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Tips may also be made online at: or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.



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