Police: Thief racks up $12,000 credit card bill

Crime Stoppers offers reward for suspect in surveillance images

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HOUSTON - Authorities need help identifying a credit card thief accused of making over $12,000 in unauthorized purchases.

Pasadena police said the first alleged theft happened on Dec. 3 at a store in the 5700 block of Fairmont. Authorities said the man used a 64-year-old College Station man's credit card to purchase numerous gift cards.

The victim noticed the card activity and made a report to authorities in College Station. Investigators later found out the man charged more than $12,000 in other purchases on the card throughout the Houston, Pasadena and Baytown areas.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the man and the vehicle in which he fled. Authorities said the man left the scene in a maroon Ford Escape driven by a woman.

Crime Stoppers said it will pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-TIPS (8477). Tips can be submitted online www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text "TIP610" plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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