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Credit card fraud cases increase as holidays approach

CABOT, Ark. – Police are searching for at least two suspects who they say used a stolen credit card in at least two cities in central Arkansas.

The suspects were caught on surveillance footage after leaving the Beebe Wal-Mart, and then the Murphy USA gas station in Cabot.

According to the police report, the victim believes her credit card was stolen sometime around October 23. Two days later, she noticed two fraudulent charges on her back account.

“The photos are very clear, that's why we’re hoping we can I.D. the suspect (s) and end the rampage of what they are doing,” said Sgt. Keith Graham with the Cabot Police Department.

Cabot and Beebe are not the only cities experiencing this type of crime.  Another couple was seen on camera at a Little Rock Target on October 31, using credit cards stolen from a shopper at Park Plaza mall that same day.

“Peoplewill often times approach people in the store, and one distracts while the other snatches their wallet out of their purse,” said Hicks. “They utilize whatever cards that individual has quickly, sometimes before the individual leaves that store.”

Hicks said staying alert when out shopping this holiday season can keep you from becoming a victim.

“You shouldn’t be leaving things unattended in your shopping cart or at the salad bar while you go to the buffet, don’t leave your wallet in plain sight in your car, things like that,” said Hicks.

Despite the risk, Hicks suggested using credit cards this holiday season over cash. She said stolen cash is very difficult to track and credit card companies are easier to deal with if you experience fraud.