By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – They said they were basketball coaches, which explained the purchase of $1,300 in gift cards that were paid for with a fraudulent credit card.
Police are looking for two men who purchased the gift cards at Wendy’s, 1055 Fort. St., July 10 with a fraudulent credit card. They were described as black, and between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.
According to police reports, the two men entered the restaurant about 8:15 p.m. and asked to buy 18 gift cards, each valued at $100, which they told the manager were rewards for their basketball team’s recent championship win. The manager said only 13 cards were in stock.
The manager swiped a Mastercard for three separate transactions, two for $500 and one for $300. The card’s number was approved on the store system, and the suspect’s signature and identification matched what was on the credit card.
The manager was notified on Aug. 28 that $1,300 had been deducted from the store’s bank account after the credit card turned out to be fraudulent.
The exchange was captured by security video cameras and police are reviewing the images.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincoln Park police at 313-381-1800.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)