Police search for brazen identity thieves

Police search for brazen identity thieves

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 7:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Fraud Investigators are trying to find a group of identity thieves who travel from state to state breaking into cars to steal financial information.

"I just felt horrible. I just felt miserable. I couldn't believe it," said a victim who did not want to be identified.

The thieves took more than $45,000 from her.

"That did shock me.  I was given the impression that once the accounts were closed and reopened it would be safe at that point."

The woman visited Park Road Park a few weeks ago and that's where her car was broken into.

Police say the suspects targeted parks because they know that most people leave their purses or wallets in the car.

"We know they were in Florida in the middle of November.  We believe they are driving a silver Mazda 6 rental car with Florida tags on it," said Sgt. Walt Bowling, head of CMPD's Fraud Unit.

Sgt. Bowling doesn't know if the suspects are still in Charlotte, but he's hoping that someone will recognize the bank photos where they are seen using the victim's information.

"If they checked into your hotel and you have some kind of name if they’re staying in a hotel let us know," said Bowling.

One reason the suspects were able to get so much money from the victim is that the female suspect bears a slight resemblance and used the victim's actual ID.

"I personally don't think she looks anything like me the signatures are nothing like mine and I can't believe it was done," said the victim.

If you spot the suspects, police ask that you call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.    

 

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