The Fort Wayne Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a string of thefts, mostly of cigarettes, using fraudulent credit cards.
On Feb. 7 and 8, three Phil’s One Stop convenience stores were hit, with six transactions totaling $1,340, according to a statement issued by Officer Michael Joyner, a department spokesman.
It said the bulk of the purchases were for cartons of Newport and Marlboro cigarettes.
In one instance, about 6:10 p.m. Feb. 7, a man went in to the store at 1810 Coliseum Blvd. W. and bought four cartons of Newport Menthol 100 Cigarettes, a small box of Glad trash bags and a bottle of Minute Maid Cranberry Apple Raspberry drink, the statement said.
From surveillance video shot inside the store, police believe the man was in his 50s to early 60s. At the time, he was clean-shaven, wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a “Rebels” ball cap and what appears to be a hip-length black fur coat. He was wearing a metallic bracelet or watch on each wrist, the statement said.
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Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.