Credit Card, Gravesite Thefts Plague Charles County - Southern Maryland Headline News

Credit Card, Gravesite Thefts Plague Charles County

LA PLATA, Md. (September 27, 2007)—Police in Charles County are investigating two separate major thefts. In one case, Waldorf Sam's Club clerks are alleged to have stolen credit card numbers from customers and used them for personal gain. In the second case, more than 100 bronze vases were stolen from grave sites at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf.

The credit card thefts occurred between June and September at the Sam’s Club located at 2365 Crain Highway in Waldorf. Police say that three cashiers stole credit cards from customers, obtained money through cash advances, and charged merchandise to the cards at stores in Charles, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. Most of the credit cards were Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart charge cards or Sam’s Club Discover cards.

Anyone who thinks they may be a victim is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or 301-609-6479.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the theft of more than 100 vases from grave sites at Trinity Memorial Gardens. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

The thefts occurred on Sept. 21 and Sept. 24. when suspects entered Trinity Memorial Gardens, located at 3221 Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf, and stole the bronze vases, which had been attached to headstones.

The Sheriff’s Office has received information concerning similar incidents in other jurisdictions. The apparent motive for this theft is the resale of the vases as scrap metal. Businesses that deal in scrap metal are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office with information about anyone who attempts to sell these vases.

Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the suspect(s) involved in this crime. To report a tip, call 1-866-411-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.

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