Special Crime Alert!
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Fort Bend County Crimes Stoppers, Inc. has announced they will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in several fraud cases in Fort Bend County and the Greater Houston area.
Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said detectives are looking for a woman and two men who have stolen personal information of Fort Bend County residents using that information to obtain credit cards and make purchases with the fraudulent cards.
Haenel explained that one victim was not alerted to the fraud until she began receiving bills from companies from which she had no contact. According to Haenel, stores such as Sears, JC Penney, Sam’s Club and others were targeted in this fraud scheme and their losses exceed $9,000.
The suspect using the fraudulent cards in these cases appears to be a middle-aged white female with closely cropped brown hair. Haenel said, “She is heavy-set and wears dark-rimmed glasses, and in one case, was wearing a purple and black sweater and black slacks and shoes. She also had a choker-style necklace.”
Her two co-conspirators appear to be black males. In one surveillance shot, one of the men could be seen wearing dark pants and a white t-shirt. “The trio was caught on video at a gas station. They are driving a late-model Ford F-150 pickup truck. The vehicle is dark red and it has a matching cover over the bed of the truck,” said Haenel. The second suspect is believed to be 6′, with a stocky build and in one incident was wearing an orange jersey and a beanie cap.
Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000.
Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www.fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.
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