AUSTELL, Ga. - Police hope surveillance footage helps them catch a man who used stolen debit card information to go on a shopping spree.
Surveillance footage from a Target store in Atlanta show a man trying to use several fraudulent debit cards to purchase gift cards, which he then used to purchase high-end electronics an Austell Target, police said.
Investigator Tyrone Dennis said transaction records show three cards were declined. The video shows the man take out a fourth card, which goes through.
“If somebody’s doing this and it’s declining and declining, that should raise a red flag to say, ‘Can I see your ID?’” Dennis said.
One victim who spoke to Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri said she never knew her card was compromised.
“I was bewildered. I couldn’t understand how someone could have my information without an actual card,” the victim said.
The victim, who asked not to be identified, said her card was never out of her possession and she did not know it was compromised until her bank notified her that her account had insufficient funds.
“It’s just unfortunate that someone can just so easily take it away from me in a matter of seconds without my knowledge,” the victim said.
Within two hours of emptying the woman’s checking account, surveillance cameras show the same man handing over two gift cards at the Austell Target to pay for two e-reader devices.
Investigators said they believe there are other victims based on the video. They said they want to find the man before he steals from more people.
The victim said she used her card regularly, so it is hard to pinpoint where the man was able to skim her information.