KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
January 29, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
An elderly Katy woman had her credit card stolen and the thieves have been spending her money across the state. Local authorities seek the public's help to track down two suspects.
Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 5 shares footage of two suspects wanted for stealing a Katy woman's credit card.
A 73-year-old Katy woman noticed her credit card was stolen in December and authorities have tracked two suspects using her card over the past few months.
Constable Heap Seeks Public's Help
The woman's credit card has been used in Houston, Channelview, Nacogdoches, Marshall, and Conroe.
“They don’t know how it was stolen or if it was even physically stolen,” says Robert Henslee with Harris County Precinct 5. Often times criminals can get credit card information from skimmers, such as at gas stations.
Constable Ted Heap is asking the public for help in identifying the two suspects who used the stolen credit card. Investigators have descriptions from security videos they tracked down. The footage shows the suspects using the card.
Watch the Video of the Suspects Here
Video courtesy of Harris County Constable's Office, Precint 5
Description of Suspects
The first suspect is a slender Hispanic male with black hair that he often wears in a bun on his head. In one video, this suspect is wearing a black sweatshirt with a white handprint on the front.
The second suspect is a medium built Hispanic male with a bald head and earrings in both ears.
Both suspects are known to travel in either a 2007 red Ford Mustang convertible with a black top or a large white Chevrolet SUV.
“It’s impossible to fully protect yourself from these crooks,” says Constable Ted Heap, “but there are some things you can do to help prevent these crimes.”
Don't Become a Victim
Have your bank send automated alerts to your cellphone whenever your credit card is used.
Have them set the minimum charge for a notification at just $1.
Contact one of the three credit reporting agencies and ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report.
Check your mail daily. Do not let it sit in your mailbox for days at a time.
Check your credit report at least once a year.
“If you suspect you have been a victim of credit card fraud, notify your credit card agency immediately and then call your local law enforcement agency to file a report,” says Constable Heap.