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Bossier Financial Crimes Unit seeks identity of woman who used stolen debit card

Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 12:26pm

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for help with identifying and finding a woman who stole a lady’s wallet from a local business this week and then withdrew money from an ATM with the victim’s debit card.

The theft occurred at the “A Yellow Ribbon” store in the 2800 block of Douglas Drive on Monday. According to a task force investigation, it’s believed the suspect took the wallet out of the victim’s purse while at least one accomplice distracted the victim, who worked at the business. The victim told detectives she received a call several minutes later from someone claiming to be with her bank stating her account information had been stolen.

The caller goes on to ask for the victim’s debit card PIN numberin order help clear up the matter. As a result the victim gave the PIN which the suspect used to withdraw $300 from the victim’s bank account.It’s believed the suspect is responsible for similar incidents in the area over the past several weeks all of which occurred at small locally owned businesses.

A photo of the suspect was capture by an ATM’s camera. Anyone with information who can help police find her is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100 or submit a tip online at bossiercrimestoppers.orgCallers to Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white collar crime investigators with the Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office. Bossier City Chief of Police Shane McWilliams and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington formed the task force by combining Resources from both agencies to combat crimes such as identity theft, fraud and embezzlement with the city and parish.
 

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