GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gastonia police are trying to identify a man and a woman suspected in recent larceny and fraud cases at areas businesses.

Police said the crimes first began on Aug. 11. In that case, police said a woman was shopping at the Wal-Mart on North Myrtle School Road when her purse was stolen from her shopping cart. Authorities say someone then tried to use the woman s stolen credit card at a Walgreen s on West Franklin Boulevard.

In another case, police said a second woman was shopping at the K-mart on East Franklin when a man approached her to ask a question. Police said another women then stole a credit card from the victim s pocketbook. The suspect then allegedly bought gift cards at a nearby Lowe s using the stolen credit card.

On Thursday, police released surveillance photos of the suspects. In the photos, the female suspect is seen wearing a sleeveless blue and white shirt and what appear to be white shorts, and has curly, black hair. The male suspect is seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Both suspects in the photos are dark-skinned.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Gastonia Police Det. Nancy Capistran at 704-866-6884 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at 704-861-8000. Crime Stoppers could offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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