Suspected thief ID'd

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have identified the man suspected of using stolen credits cards throughout the Vernon area. 

RCMP are not providing the man's identity, and are not saying whether he has been arrested or faces any charges.

ORIGINAL: Jan. 16, 2018

RCMP are trying to track down an alleged credit card thief who has been using stolen cards throughout the Vernon area.  

RCMP state in a media release, "On January 5th, 2018, Vernon RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle that occurred near Marshall Field, where a purse was stolen. Just hours after the theft from a vehicle the stolen credit cards were allegedly used at different retailers in Vernon, racking up hundreds of dollars in charges." 

The suspect is described as: 

  • Caucasian male
  • 30 – 40 years of age
  • Stocky build
  • Facial stubble / short beard
  • Wearing a black hooded sweater and ball cap

RCMP warn that "the majority of reported theft from vehicles have subsequent frauds attached to them, where the stolen credit/debit cards are being used immediately after the thefts occur.

Const. Kelly says "It is important that motorists are not leaving valuables in their vehicles. Theft from motor vehicles are a crime of opportunity... Don’t fall victim to this by making your vehicle an easy target. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or by leaving a tip online.  

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