Thief takes bank cards, buys $13K in goods at Missoula stores

2012-10-01T11:44:00Z 2012-10-02T15:58:22Z Thief takes bank cards, buys $13K in goods at Missoula storesMissoulian missoulian.com
October 01, 2012 11:44 am  • 

The alleged theft of two bank cards over the weekend made for a $13,000 shopping spree on Sunday, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

The cards were reported stolen early Sunday morning from a vehicle along Blue Mountain Road, Sheriff’s Detective Jason Johnson said Monday. The address listed was in the Blue Mountain Trailer Park.

During the day Sunday, the cards were used for at least 10 purchases around town, everything from $1.29 at a pizza shop in Southgate Mall and $3 at a Starbucks, to $2,700 at Target and $4,400 at Best Buy, he said.

The charges also included $550 at Cost Cutters and $2,100 at Staples, he said. The spree ended when someone attempted to purchase $550 worth of merchandise at GameStop, which rejected the card, he said.

The person or people who took the cards could face 10 felony counts of forgery, Johnson said.

“I’m predicting that we’re going to have some wonderful pictures to share,” he said, likely from the security cameras at Target and Best Buy, both of which are known for their high-quality security systems.

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  1. taxi-mom
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    taxi-mom - October 02, 2012 12:02 pm
    I go to Target , whip out the ccard for a $ 60 purchase and have to show a photo id along with my card ... same at Best Buy ... and what are they doing at Cost Cutters thats worth $ 550 ,,,maybe more than hair cuts ? This whole thing sounds like the work of more than one person ... fishy ..very very fishy
  2. huckleberryhaven
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    huckleberryhaven - October 02, 2012 8:47 am
    Why is everyone fixated on the $550 charge to Cost Cutters? To think the $550 charge was for a haircut alone is ludicrous. Cost Cutters sells beauty products as well, my guess is that the thief purchased a boat load of shampoo/conditioner/misc as well as a fancy haircut. My concern would be places like Target and Best Buy and why the clerks didn't bother to check the ID on the card vs who was placing the charge. Even Starbucks checks ID usually anyway, when someone presents a card at least thru drive thru.
  3. walter12
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    walter12 - October 02, 2012 7:34 am
    This is madness. Did not the haircutters think that this guy was weird? $550.00 for a haircut, what kind of place is that? People are so stupid nowadays. But then again, the haircuttery did not care, just give me the money. Dopers are everywhere nowadays, except at work, looking for easy marks. Never leave anything valuable in a car and get a CWP, if you are a law-abiding citizen. However, that criteria alone whould will rule out alot of people in this town.
  4. rlp2014
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    rlp2014 - October 01, 2012 9:45 pm
    I complain and gripe at Christmas time when my daily $500 spending limit takes effect; no more will I do that, I will be thankful. And I agree with Phil....how did they not catch on, seriously?
  5. Wrong Way Corrigan
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    Wrong Way Corrigan - October 01, 2012 4:42 pm
    This is the natural consequence of the hard-core rug trade: someone develops a serious hair-owin’ habit!
  6. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - October 01, 2012 1:53 pm
    I saw the same thing. What did he do, buy up all the hair care products on the shelf?
  7. PhilL
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    PhilL - October 01, 2012 1:44 pm
    The fact that someone can even spend $550 at a hair salon (where a haircut is $13) is suspicious. How did they not catch on?
  8. Bittersweet
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    Bittersweet - October 01, 2012 12:27 pm
    Seriously? Cost Cutters is a hair place? Whew! At least they will look good when they are arrested. Anyone local shouldn't be hard to identify. Hopefully it wasn't just some stranger passing though town.
  9. MT_Mama
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    MT_Mama - October 01, 2012 12:09 pm
    That better be one AWESOME haircut....
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