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March 5, 2014

Debit card theft investigated

More than $1,700 illegally used on card; suspects caught on tape

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

An investigation into the theft of a debit card — and its extensive use at area businesses for making illegal purchases — is being conducted by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

The card belongs to an 82-year-old woman from London, according to Sheriff John Root.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office reported that apparently the woman was a patient at a medical facility in the area when her debit card was allegedly stolen between Jan. 4 and Jan. 9.

In addition, a bank card belonging to the victim began being used on Jan. 8.

As of Tuesday, officials said a total of more than $1,700 has been illegally used on the stolen debit card.

Root noted a purchase from Aeropostale was made with items being shipped to an address on Dean Hundley Road in East Bernstadt. After being contacted by deputies, persons living at that residence denied having knowledge of the theft items.

Also, a purchase on the victim’s debit card was found at the Corbin Walmart.

Management at the store cooperated with the Sheriff’s Office with surveillance video being obtained.

The video cameras showed a female and a male with children pushing bicycles out of the store that had been purchased with the stolen debit card.

Sheriff’s Detective Josh Scott continues to investigate, and was assisted by Deputy Shane Rice.

If you recognize either one of the adults in the pictures, you’re asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office in London at 606-864-6600, or 606-878-7000. You can remain anonymous.

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