Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:46 AM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 1:09 PM
MISSOULA- Two unidentified men stole three credit cards from a vehicle on Sunday and racked up an almost $13,000 tab. It might be scary to think about, but it's pretty easy for this to happen if you're not being safe with your cards.
Sometime early Sunday morning, two men found an unlocked car in the Peak athletic club parking lot and made off with some credit cards.
They spent over $4,000 at Best Buy, over $2,000 at Staples and another $2,700 at Target. The men went onto other stores before the card finally declined at a Game Stop in Butte where they were attempting to purchase over $500 in merchandise.
"In most cases, credit cards are maxed out before it becomes this big, but this person had quite a big limit on their credit cards." Missoula County Sheriff's Department public information officer Jason Johnson explained.
"The important thing is for the consumer to treat the credit card or the ATM card, like they would currency or cash, protect it the best they can. Be sensible when and how they're using it. Don't carry all their cards at the same time," he advised.
"The important thing for the consumer is to treat credit cards [or] and ATM card like they are currency or cash, protect it the best they can. Be sensible about when and how they're using it, don't carry all of their cars at the same time," Montana Banker's Association CEO Steve Turkiewicz said.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the crime. You can call them at (406) 721.4444. Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Department continues to examine surveillance video from a number of stores around Missoula, searching for clues.