Police looking for suspects in debit card theft

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BEL-NOR, MO (KTVI) – Bel-Nor police are looking for two persons of interest they believe were caught on camera using a stolen debit card at several North St. Louis gas stations.

On the video, two men are seen pulling into the Crown Food Mart at 1451 North Kingshighway, and then getting out of a car police know had been stolen.

The video was captured on the morning of August 21, about an hour after someone broke into two students' cars at Incarnate Word Academy in Bel-Nor.  The thieves stole some soccer equipment and two purses, at least one of which had a debit card inside.

Police know an attempt was made to use it at the Crown Food Mart, but by the time the man allegedly tried it, the card had already been canceled by the victim`s mother.

'When cars are broken into and they receive debit cards one of the most immediate things they do is try to use them at gas stations,' said Bel-Nor Police Sgt. Steve Bishop.

Police believe the man in the video had been approaching drivers, offering them the chance to buy gas with the stolen card in exchange for cash.

But why would someone go along with that?

'What they were trying to do is pump 30 dollars worth of gas for $20 cash,' Bishop said.

Even though the card had been canceled, police believe the suspect had used it successfully just minutes earlier at a Mobil station on Martin Luther King Boulevard; at a Shell station and finally a BP station on Natural Bridge Avenue.

But the only place with video is the Crown Food Mart, which has 36 security cameras.

Police believe the same suspects may also be responsible for breaking into two cars and stealing a truck at the Normandy Golf Course a few weeks earlier.

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