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Police seek ID of pair in credit card fraud investigation 08-14-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Detective Sean Smith
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 262
Report No. C12021678

Media Release

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman wanted for numerous instances of fraudulent use of a credit card and more than $35,000 in theft in Kona. The two are believed to be from California and may have already left Kona.

The woman is described Asian/Polynesian in her late 20’s to early 30’s, about 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds.  She was further described as well groomed and manicured with a raspy voice, long, straight jet-black hair with extensions, eye lash extensions, and dark blotchy skin on the right side of her face (possibly a birthmark).

The man is described as African-American in his late 20’s to early 30’s, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, 130 to 140 pounds, with dreadlocks and a missing front tooth. He walks with limp.

Police ask that anyone with information on their identity or their whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Merchants are reminded to follow proper protocol when making credit card transactions and to be especially cautious when processing large  purchases—especially if the credit card doesn’t swipe properly. When in doubt, check the credit card company.