May 2, 2013 3:22 PM
The investigation involving thefts with cloned credit cards is getting more complex with each passing day. Now, Lexington Police are making another plea to the public to help identify anyone in this crime ring.
A group of crooks working together with a massive heap of cloned credit cards may have up to this point eluded authorities, but when they are caught, the consequences will be steep. "Because we're in a situation where this is going state to state, it's very likely we could get federal authorities involved because this is not just a Lexington case," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts. "The scope is broadening very rapidly."
In Kentucky alone, thefts have happened in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort and Versailles. Detectives have also identified crimes in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Police say the thieves drive rental cars up and down Interstate 75, hitting places quickly, then getting out of town. Police say it's not far reaching to assume they may be working as far north as Detroit and as far south as Atlanta.
"Honestly, at this point, there's no telling how much money they've stolen," said Roberts.
At a Lexington Walmart last week, cameras recorded 24 minutes of one of the female suspect's fraudulent transactions. Police say the woman had dozens of cloned credit cards, and that she stood there buying separate $25, $50 or $100 gift cards, each time using a card with someone's else's bank information on it.
Police say they've racked up more than $50,000 in charges in Lexington alone, and if they're not stopped, there's no telling how high their list of victims might go.
Lexington Police say the group picks up rental cars to use in each theft, usually under fake names, then returns them, making them hard to track or trace.
If you can identify anyone in the photos, you're asked to call Lexington Police.