APD trying to track down credit card thief

Updated: 01/13/2014 12:01 AM | Created: 01/12/2014 10:25 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police are trying to track down a credit card thief who made his every move known on security cameras.

The reason police have plenty of footage to work with is because of some hard work on the part of the victim.

On January 2, surveillance video showed someone pulling in front of a northeast Albuquerque home.

The suspect gets out and goes up to the car on the right side of the screen.

Police say he looked in, but it was locked, so he broke into the neighbor’s car instead and stole a credit card. 

Shortly after the incident, a silver four-door Mazda, just like in the last video, pulls into the Smith's gas station at Wyoming and Paseo.

Police say the suspect tried to use the stolen card there but it was declined.

"So after the original burglary about an hour later, we find the offender walking into the Footlocker at the Cottonwood Mall," APD officer Simon Drobik said. "Same description: Hat, jacket pants and you can clearly see his face, and he has some type of facial hair along with a hat with a b in front of it."

This time, the victim's credit card worked and the suspect went back for more.

"He comes back and makes a second purchase," Drobik said. "And he is wearing the same shoes, pants and jacket. The hat the 'B' on it and you can get a little bit clearer definition of his face."

Police hope someone will recognize the person in all of the videos.

The reason they have such good footage to work with is all thanks to the victim.

"The victim himself was able to obtain some video,” Drobik said. “Working with the credit card company and tracking where these purchases were made. We were able to obtain that video and then put this whole package together to get a bigger picture of what happened."

If you know who the man in the video is, call police.

Police also point out the surveillance cameras are getting more inexpensive.

A system like the one the neighbor had costs less than $500 and police say such cameras have been a big help in numerous situations. 

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