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Police: Credit card thief charges $50k in jewelry, high-end merchandise

TAMPA — Police are investigating a thief who has purchased more than $50,000 in high-end merchandise using stolen credit cards over the past several weeks.

The man, who was caught on surveillance video inside stores, is suspected in a string of wallet thefts.

He has used credit cards found in the wallets to make purchases at stores in WestShore Plaza and International Plaza, such as Tiffany & Co., Zales and King's Jewelry.

In total, police said, the man has charged more than $50,000 on the victims' cards, including a $13,000 purchase at Tiffany & Co.

He appears to be a bald black man with a large build, facial hair and a diamond earring in his left ear.

In the video footage, the man is first shown wearing a white dress shirt and tie while talking with a saleswoman behind a jewelry case. He is then shown in a striped collared shirt, examining items for purchase and talking with a cashier.

The man is later shown walking through a department store in WestShore Plaza carrying a light blue gift bag and wearing a gray, long-sleeved, button-up shirt.

To see the surveillance video, go to video.tampabay.com.

Anyone with information about the identity of this man can contact Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Police: Credit card thief charges $50k in jewelry, high-end merchandise 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:28pm]
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