READING PA – A Berks County organization is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anonymous tipsters who help police find and arrest suspects being sought in seven allegedly fraudulent credit card transactions that occurred during October (2018) in Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Birdsboro, King of Prussia, and Reading … all on the same day.
Crime Alert Berks County on Monday (Dec. 31) showcased an Amity Township Police Department investigation into the frauds. They were presented as the volunteer non-profit group’s featured “Crime of the Week,” here.
As the department tells it, a still unknown female suspect (at top, left) used an unidentified victim’s lost or stolen credit card Oct. 28 to ring up substantial purchases on a timeline across both morning and afternoon hours.
She was accompanied at times by a tall, thin white male suspect with long brown hair, police said. He did not join her when she executed the transactions, they said, but drove her black-colored vehicle (at top, right).
At 8:18 a.m. she made an initial illegal purchase at a
- Wal-Mart in King of Prussia, followed by one at
- 9:19 a.m. at Home Depot in Lower Pottsgrove,
- 9:46 a.m. at Wal-Mart in Pottstown,
- 10:47 a.m. at a Sunoco station in Pottstown,
- 4:22 p.m. at a Family Dollar store in Reading,
- 5:48 p.m. at a Sunoco in Reading, and
- 6:21 p.m. at a Sunoco in Birdsboro.
Amity Detective Michael DiMaria hopes the financial incentive prompts a member of the public who knows something about the crimes to help his investigation.
Anyone with information about the incidents, or who can identify the female suspect or suspect vehicle, is asked to submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Alert Berks County toll-free at 877-373-9913; sending a text to 847411 and starting the message with the word ALERTBERKS, followed by your tip; or by downloading and using its mobile app for Apple- and Android-powered devices.
A button to submit a tip also appears on its featured crime page.
No one at Crime Alert Berks County will ask a tipster’s name. A code number will be assigned to track each tip. Its rewards for information that leads to an offender’s arrest vary and are paid in cash.
Those interested in talking with DiMaria directly can call the department at 610-689-6000 Ext. 235.
Photo from Crime Alert Berks County