SBSO says suspect stole woman’s credit cards then made purchases at local businesses

CHALMETTE, La. (WGNO) – Detectives from St. Bernard Parish have released footage of a man accused of stealing and using someone else’s credit cards in Chalmette.

According to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Sunday, May 20 at a business in the 8400 block of West Judge Perez Drive.

Sheriff James Pohlmann reports that the unidentified man snatched a woman’s wallet from her purse while shopping on Sunday, May 29. The victim then told detectives that his stolen credit card had been used to make several unauthorized purchases.

Detectives later learned that the credit card had been used by at least two local businesses, the buyer purchasing merchandise, and several VISA gift cards.

SBSO says the moment the incident happened was caught on camera, with surveillance footage showing the photographed suspect reaching for the woman’s purse when she didn’t look and retrieved her wallet.

The suspect, described as a 6ft tall black man, was then seen driving off in the pictured white Ford Escape, believed to be a 2009 to 2012 model.

Deputies are asking anyone who knows who or where the suspect is to call the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501, or the Bureau of Criminal Investigations hotline at (504) 271- TIPS or 8477. may be eligible for a cash reward.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling (504) 821-1111 or toll free at (877) 903-7867. To submit a tip online, click here.

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