Upper Arlington News

UAPD, sheriff seek help in identifying suspected credit-card thief


The Upper Arlington Police Division and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help to catch a suspect they believe stole credit cards from two area businesses in March and April and used them to purchase $600 in credit cards.

According to the sheriff’s office, an unidentified man slipped into an employee break room at Larson’s Toys in the Lane Avenue Shopping Center on March 15 and stole a credit card from a woman’s purse.

The suspect then reportedly used the card to purchase three $100 Visa gift cards at a nearby Speedway gas station.

Investigators believe the same man struck again April 1, when he entered the break room of a Staples at Lennox Town Center in Clinton Township and removed a credit card from a woman’s purse that he then used to purchase three $100 Visa gift cards from a nearby CVS.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Minerd said his office has surveillance images of the suspect taken from both locations where the gift cards were taken. They linked the gift-card purchases there to the stolen credit cards.

“We just have these two here we’re able to connect, but that’s not to say this guy’s not responsible for more of these types of thefts,” Minerd said. “We haven’t gotten any good leads, but we have decent quality videos. It’s just a matter of finding someone out there that can identify him. We’re just looking for somebody to recognize him and be able to provide some more information.”

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect is a black male, 40 to 50 years old, approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and an “overweight belly.”

The suspect was wearing black sunglasses and a black jacket at the time of the thefts and was carrying a black handbag or purse.

Minerd said his office is seeking to pursue charges of felony theft and receiving stolen property.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 614-525-3351 or the Upper Arlington Police Division at 614-583-5150.