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Crime Stoppers: Thief Targets Car In School Parking Lot

Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 13, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A thief smashed a window of a car at Lexington Christian Academy and then stole a woman’s credit cards, making thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases.

It happened around 9 p.m. on the night of July 24. The victim’s purse was stolen.

“She called police, immediately reported it, we came out took a report and actually while the officers were here taking a report the suspects were at Meijer just up the street up here,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department.

The alleged thief was caught on camera using her credit cards to buy Visa gift cards to the tune of $6,000 both at Meijer and Kroger.

“Walmart doesn’t even do these anymore because they are so fraudulently perpetrated,” said Thomas.

Then, in a surprise turn, a few days, the victim’s purse turned up at the McDonald’s on Nicholas Park Drive, with everything still inside it, except for her credit cards.

“This tells us these suspects are strictly hitting just for the sole purpose of credit cards,” said Thomas.

Police are working to catch the thief, but in the meantime, they say it is an excellent reminder that it is no longer just enough to put your stuff in your car and lock the door. Do not leave any valuables inside ever.

“Wallets in the consoles, purses down in the floorboards, these guys are gonna look in your windows and they’re going to see them,” said Thomas.

If you have any information that leads to an arrest, that tip could get you a cash reward from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. You can call (859) 253-2020 or text your information to ‘CRIMES’, just put “LEX P-D” in the message, along with your anonymous tip.