Police issue warning after increase in credit card thefts in Chesterfield

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 7:01 AM

 (KMOV) – Chesterfield Police are investigating several reports of stolen credit cards, many in the past week.

A woman told police her cards were stolen out of her purse Tuesday at Panera Bread (St. Louis Bread Company) on Clarkson Road near Chesterfield Mall.   Since September 4, there have been nine reports of cards being stolen or stolen cards being used in Chesterfield.  

The cards have been taken at stores, but the report also says thieves are taken them from cars.

“Bad guys are breaking into people's cars because (victims) leave their purse or wallet sitting on a seat, When (criminals) steal that credit card, they want to use that credit card before the victim realizes it's been taken,” said Chesterfield Police Captain Steven Lewis

Lewis advises people to keep their wallet and credit cards on them.  To avoid become a victim of credit card fraud, he says be careful when online shopping. 

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