November 20, 2019
On Monday, November 18, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Matthews officer responded to the Costco located at 2125 Matthews Township Pkwy. in reference to a larceny. The victim stated that while she was inside of the Costco shopping, she realized that her wallet had been stolen out of her purse. A fraudulent purchase was made a short time later at the nearby Best Buy store for several hundred dollars. Costco security was able to confirm that the pictured suspect was responsible for this theft.
The pictured suspect is believed to be responsible for as many as four recent larcenies at Costco involving removing the wallets from women’s purses and then quickly making fraudulent purchases at nearby electronics stores.
Through crime analysis techniques utilized from the previously reported incidents, a pattern of crimes involving this suspect at Costco had been established. Matthews investigators have already been working on leads in an attempt to identify this suspect.
He is described as a white male, possibly in his late 20’s to early 30’s, with dark hair and a mustache or goatee.
If you have any information regarding this man’s identity, please contact Detective Danielle Helms at [email protected] or 704.847.5555.
We encourage anyone carrying a purse while shopping to:
Always keep all the compartments zipped or closed if possible.
If you place it in a cart while shopping, keep it in front of you, never hang it off the side.
Get into the habit of clipping it into the cart somehow, whether by using the infant strap on the cart or by keeping an inexpensive carabiner with you.
Get into the habit of keeping your situational awareness up while you are in a store or parking lot.
We also encourage everyone to set up text alerts to all of your debit/credit cards so that you are notified immediately when a purchase had been made. Although this may be annoying depending on how much you use your card, it's better to know every transaction that is made.