Tippecanoe Sheriff asks public to help find credit card thief

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public to help find a woman suspected of using a credit card stolen from a college student to buy gift cards worth $600 from Lafayette area merchants.

Surveillance image from Meijer on September 17, 2009

Surveillance image from Meijer on September 17, 2009

On September 17th of this year, Cassandra McKeown, a student at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, had her credit card stolen. Det. Pat Williamson of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is investigating that theft. He contacted the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office when he discovered the credit card had been used at numerous businesses in Lafayette.

The credit card was used at Target to purchase gift cards totaling $200. The suspect also purchased gift cards in the amount of $200 at Shoe Carnival and $200 more in gift cards at Meijer.

Detectives have been unable to identify the suspect seen in the surveillance photos and are turning to the public for their help.

Surveillance image from Shoe Carnival

Surveillance image from Shoe Carnival

The black female who used the stolen credit card is seen in the photos wearing a yellow short sleeve shirt and has a child with her. The store clerk said the suspect had a tattoo on her neck that said “Jason.”

If you have any information about this female please contact Detective Nathan Brown at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, (765) 423-9388. Or, you can contact the We-Tip Hotline anonymously at 1-800 78-Crime.

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