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Credit card theft on the rise

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By Jesse Osbourne

 

There has been an increase in thefts involving wallets, purses and credit cards, according to Springfield City Police Chief Jim Smith.


Four incidents occurred recently, prompting Smith and the department to warn the public.
Smith said people should keep purses, wallets and valuables secured, especially in public places.
“Don’t just assume nobody is going to take it,” Smith said.
He also suggested that people with credit cards keep a list of contact information for the credit card companies, along with a list of account numbers, so that the account can easily be canceled.
Keep the list in a safe place at home, he said, and don’t let anyone get their hands on the list.
Smith said the police had leads on two of the four incidents and are trying to track down information using video footage.
- One such incident occurred at St. Catharine College on Oct. 9 around lunch time.
Someone reported to police that she left her purse under her desk when she went across the hall to eat lunch. When she came back to her office to get money out, she noticed someone had taken her pocketbook.
Included in the pocketbook were a new check book, her son’s military ID and credit cards.
According to the police report, one of the cards had been used at two banks in Bardstown.
- On Oct. 11, another victim reported that her business credit card had been used by someone in Texas.
The victim told police that it was the third time such an incident had occurred.
According to the police report, the card had been used at Progressive Insurance, Celebrate Express.com, a Pizza Hut in Texas, Cricket and FTD.com.
- Springfield City Police recovered a stolen ATV on Sept. 18 on the 300 block of East High Street.
The original owner of the ATV contacted the police to notify them that he suspected his vehicle was in the area. He told police he was fairly certain who stole the vehicle and that sources had told him the ATV was sold to someone in Springfield on the east side of town.
The owner gave Officer Tony Golden a detailed description of the vehicle and told the officer he was going to drive around looking for it.
About an hour later, he called the police department and said that he could see the vehicle sitting in the backyard of a house on East High Street and asked police to check it out.
The property owner allowed police to look at the vehicle. Someone living at the house told the officer that he bought the vehicle, but that the true owner could come pick it up.
The ATV was recovered and released to the original owner.
- According to a police report, someone broke off six fence posts and bent down a fence on Hilltop Court sometime on Oct. 10.
Estimated cost to repair the fence is $500.
The case remains open. Anyone with information regarding the offense can call (859) 336-5450. Callers can remain anonymous.
- Two traffic lights and a light pole were damaged on Oct. 7 at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 150 in Springfield.
According to a police report, the driver of a 2009 Freightliner said he was making a right turn to detour the road block for the Harvest festival. The driver said he thought he had turned wide enough, but his trailer hit the traffic light pole.