Most Wanted: Fake debit card used to buy iPads in Tri-Cities shopping spree

BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – You check your credit card statement and notice suspicious transactions – shopping trips on your dime with your card, but the card never left your wallet.

Bristol Police think this man got access to a Johnson City business owner's debit card number. (Source: Bristol Police)
Bristol Police think this man got access to a Johnson City business owner’s debit card number. (Source: Bristol Police)

It happened to a Johnson City business owner earlier this month.

Bristol, Tennessee Police said two men somehow got the victim’s Eastman Credit Union debit card, used it to make a counterfeit debit card, and then went shopping.

Bristol Police say the two men used the stolen card number to make a phony card. (Source: Bristol Police)
Bristol Police say the two men used the stolen card number to make a phony card. (Source: Bristol Police)

Surveillance cameras caught them purchasing two iPad Air 2’s totaling almost $1,100 at Walmart in Bristol, Tennessee.   After that, they made purchases at two other stores.

When the card-reader didn’t accept the card, the clerks – trying to be helpful –  manually entered the card number to complete the transaction, unknowingly helping to complete the crime.

Cameras captured another clue – the suspect’s car.  Police think it’s a white, newer model SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango.

“Remember to monitor your bank accounts and credit card statements for any fraudulent activity, and report it to police as soon as possible,” Bristol Police warned.  “Don’t be fooled.  Just because your debit card has a PIN number, it still can be ran as credit at almost any merchant.”

If you recognize Monday’s Most Wanted, call the Bristol Tennessee Police Department at (423) 989-5530 or you can contact the TIPS line at (423) 764-TIPS.

Cameras caught of glimpse of what police think is the suspect's car. (Source: Bristol Police)
Cameras caught of glimpse of what police think is the suspect’s car. (Source: Bristol Police)

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