Lexington police say thieves steal credit card numbers, use to buy Apple products

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They steal credit card numbers, then go on a shopping spree! Police say a group of thieves has been doing this all over the Eastern United States. They say some of the crimes have been in Lexington.

Police have released surveillance video of one of the suspects, who they believe is the leader of the group, going into a Sam's Club and a Walmart. Police say he bought Apple products in bulk, and used stolen credit card numbers to pay for the products.

They believe he is part of a much larger group of individuals that opened accounts at Sam's Clubs. Investigators say the phone numbers and addresses they gave on those accounts were fake, and the credit card information they gave was stolen.

"Apple products are very valuable, especially if you're getting them for free using someone else's credit card information. In the past we've seen them being sold to underground retail stores that then ship them overseas where the products are worth more than here. That's potentially what they're doing. It's not as simple as them just taking them to a pawn shop and selling them. They're doing something more sophisticated with the items," explained Lexington Police Detective Mike Helsby.

If you recognize any of the individuals in the attached news story, you're asked to email fraud@lexingtonpolice.ky.gov or call (859) 258.3719.

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