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Police Seeking Man Who Used Stolen Credit Card

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate a man who used a stolen credit card to buy merchandise at stores in Patchogue and Medford in January.  

A wallet containing cash, identification and credit cards was stolen from a locker at YMCA, located at 155 Buckley Road in Holtsville on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., police said.

A man, who was seen at the gym prior to the discovery of the theft, used one of the victim’s credit cards at Best Buy in Patchogue and Just Wheels and Target in Medford.  Some of the merchandise he purchased included assorted motorcycle riding gear, police said. 

The man was described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 200 pounds with a medium build. He had a mustache, goatee and was unshaven. One store employee said the suspect had a southern accent. The suspect may be driving a 2008 to 2010 dark-colored Infinity QX 56 with white New York State plates.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000.00 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. 

Sachem Dad February 07, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Looks like the same POS that is seen in the surveillance video from the Lake Ronk burglary.
Frank Esposito February 07, 2014 at 04:05 PM
This is actually a "victimless" crime except for those who pay interest on their cards by not paying balance in full every month. People who understand finance will know exactly what I'm talking about.
Mike February 08, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Frank. How is it victimless? I am curious to know. It would seem the credit card company would take the hit on this but I am not in finance.
Archie Bunker February 08, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Thank Frank, So having you wallet being stolen with CASH, your ID and credit cards is victimless. Yeah Ok
anita mantablow February 09, 2014 at 02:41 AM
how bout you investigate best buy an where ever elce for not CHECKING ID's.. thats if the people ringing you up can read.he looks like jim rome from espn.
Steve February 09, 2014 at 07:39 AM
@Frank Esposito, Not true Frank. The person whose wallet was stolen was missing cash along with i.d. Furthermore, had it only been the c.c. , the bank would then become the victim as the original victim would not be responsible for the unauthorized charges. Most banks though will not prosecute if its under $2500.
ARCH STANTON February 10, 2014 at 03:06 PM
VICTIMLESS, HARDLY. EVERYTIME WE PURCHASE AN ITEM IN A STORE, A PERCENTAGE IS ADDED ON TO COVER LOSS OR USE OF A CREDIT CARD, JUST AS IT IS INCLUDED FOR SHOPLIFTING. THE VICTIMS ARE THE HONEST CONSUMERS, WHO HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THIEVERY.
Frank Esposito February 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM
What's the percentage arch? And again as far as the credit card goes again the only real "victim" are those who pay interest by not paying bill full each month. Having your wallet stolen is a meaningless inconvenience at most or should be for most. If u allow it to be greater then that its all on you. Everything in my wallet is copied both sides and stored. If any lost I just make a few calls and hit DMV and done --- use spare credit cards in the meantime if need be. Although I've never lost my wallet I'm prepared for its lost or being stolen all the time including any money. I've been the "victim" of credit card fraud a number of times because my cards are all over the place. Last one was someone buying clothes in FL (not been there in over 20 years myself). Every single time I was notified by company before I even got a bill and or knew what happen. Their main concern is me and pursuit of criminal not even a secondary. Second is them saying sorry it's a Sunday so next day air is not going to happen. Should you be able to leave your wallet unattended and not have it taken? Yep but that's not reality. Should I be able to leave a roller skate at the top of my stairs and not fall. Yep but that's not likely either. Would that make me a "victim"? Not in my book. Which is why in my first comment "victimless" is in quotes.
Archie Bunker February 11, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Frank, you're perfect. Hopefully you photocopy the front and back of the cash too so you can include the treasury dept in one of your next day calls. You know, this way they can trace the serial numbers on the bills. You'll need the cash to pay the DMV fee to replace your license
ARCH STANTON February 11, 2014 at 02:27 PM
HEY FRANK, I'LL STILL HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU WHEN YOU USE THE TERM "VICTIMLESS" WHEN DISCUSSING THE USE OF A STOLEN CREDIT CARD. IT'S MORE THAN JUST AN INCONVENIENCE WHEN A CREDIT CARD IS EXCEPTED. YOU KEEP BRINGING UP BANKS, WHAT ABOUT CARDS ISSUED BY SEARS, TARGET, KOHL'S ETC., THEY DON'T CALL TO VERIFY THAT YOUR CARD WAS USED AND YOU WON'T FIND OUT ABOUT IT UNTIL THE NEXT BILLING STATEMENT. MOST CREDIT CARD COMPANIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE, UNLESS YOU CARRY FRAUD PROTECTION INSURANCE WITH THEM. FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD AND READ, IT CAN TAKE UP TO A YEAR TO SET THE RECORDS STRAIGHT WHEN YOUR CARD HAS BEEN FRAUDULENTLY USED AND THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT A CARD ISSUED BY A PARTICULAR BUSINESS WILL NOT HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE. I WON'T EVEN GET INTO HOW THIS COULD AFFECT CREDIT RATINGS. MY LIFE IS HECTIC ENOUGH AND I DON'T NEED TO BE SPENDING HOURS ON THE TELEPHONE CALLING THE POLICE AND CREDIT CARD COMPANIES IN AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN AND PROVE THAT I'M THE "VICTIM". FORTUNATELY FOR ME, I PAY CASH ON ALL OF MY PURCHASES AND RARELY USE PLASTIC UNLESS IT'S A VERY BIG TICKET ITEM. BY THE WAY, IT'S BETWEEN 2 @ 3% ADDED ON PER ITEM. IT DOES ADD UP. NICE TALKING TO YOU.

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