Sheriff#039;s office seeks credit card thieves

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Typically it's hard to catch a thief if you don't know what they look like.

But in this case the thieves decided to make a trip to a local retail store where they were caught on tape.

So now Butler County Sheriff's Investigator Capt. Kenneth Hadley has a two faces without names. The couple was last seen leaving Wal-Mart on Oct. 15, 2004, with a buggy full of items varying from cat food to a DVD player.

The couple used a stolen credit card to make the $169.05 purchase, Hadley said.

&#8220What ties this together is that the credit card came from the same home that had been robbed that morning,” Hadley said.

Between 8:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. on Oct. 15, a home on the 9100 block of Luverne Highway was burglarized, according to the sheriff's report. Items taken included a DVD player, a 35 mm camera, a coin collection, jewelry and a purse containing two credit cards.

&#8220The two were driving a four-door green vehicle, but that's the only description I have of the car,” Hadley said.

There may also be a link to another robbery, which occurred that same morning in Luverne, Hadley said.

Luverne Police had contacted Hadley about a robbery that had taken place that same day in which various items were taken from the home, including a checkbook.

&#8220That morning someone went to a local bank and tried cash a check that happened to be from that home,” Hadley said.

He said that he tends to believe it is the same couple that used the stolen credit card at Wal-Mart here in Greenville. The Butler County Sheriff's office is asking if you have any information or recognize the two people to call the sheriff's office at 382-6521.