Gwinnett County detectives are trying to identify three suspects in an “elaborate theft ring” that has operated throughout the county and in at least one other state over the last three months.
The suspects are believed to regularly smash car windows at local parks in order to steal credit cards, debit cards and cash. Once they have victims’ cards, the suspects will use them at the nearest Kroger location and purchase gift cards in the amount of $500 until the stolen cards are declined, a police release said.
The suspects typically use self checkout and purchase one small item in addition to the gift cards in order to avoid suspicion, the department said. The same unidentified suspects have been linked to similar thefts in Dacula, Duluth, Lawrenceville and in North Carolina. Incidents have occurred between December 2017 and February 2018.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.
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