JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (April 20, 2016) – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department believes they have identified two men suspected of trying to use credit cards stolen from a Johnson County home.
According to a police report, the men stole the credit cards from a garage in a Greenwood neighborhood. The suspects also stole expensive tools from the garage.
“The victim had gone to bed at about 10 or 10:30 on Sunday evening and woke up about 5 or 5:30 to find his garage door was open,” said Detective Alex Talley.
The victim reported several tools, as well as a wallet containing several credit cards were missing from his garage. He immediately cancelled the cards, apparently just in time to prevent several fraudulent charges on his accounts.
Talley says the two men were captured on surveillance cameras at the Walmart near US 31 and Southport Road around 6:30 Monday morning, one hour after the homeowner discovered the burglary.
Talley says the men tried to use the stolen cards to buy about $100 worth of various household items. But the card had been cancelled.
“They went to a self checkout counter and the card got denied and they walked out,” Talley said. “There was a Red Box rental as well.”
The men were seen leaving the store in a dark colored Chevy Avalanche, apparently getting away.
But within hours of the pictures being posted online and broadcast on television, Detective Talley received a phone call from a man claiming to be one of the suspects in the photographs. The caller said he was the one in the pictures, and wanted to come to the Sheriffs Department office to talk about what happened.
Talley says he also took dozens of calls from members of the public who claimed to recognize the men. He believes both suspects have been identified. Talley is not releasing either man’s name, since neither has been arrested in the case at this time.
Talley says the quick response points to the power of mass media, and cooperation from the public.
If you have any additional information that may help the investigation, please contact Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alex Talley at 317-346-4621.