NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for several suspects who they said used stolen credit cards to buy tens of thousands of dollars-worth of merchandise from stores throughout Brooklyn.
Investigators said 58 people have been scammed by the group of alleged thieves and said the majority of the people targeted are customers at Ridgewood Savings Bank, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.
Six men and women were caught on surveillance cameras at various stored after using the stolen credit cards to make purchases of over $30,000, police said.
Many of the purchases made by the suspects were in East New York and Brownsville between May 25 and July 18, police said.
Investigators say the suspected racked up thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in places like Target, Macy’s, delis and even pet stores.
“You have to be very vigilant looking at your statements today,” one Laurelton resident said. “You never know what could happen with these banks.”
The Ridgewood Savings Bank told customers their information had been compromised back in May and that’s when they started to see fraudulent charges pop up.
CBS2 reached out to both the bank and local law enforcement, but neither could give an immediate answer as to how the suspects gained access to customer card information.
“Hackers, they’re professional. They work day in, they work day out, just trying to figure out how to get information. This is their life long job,” Dwight Johnson, of Laurelton, said.
Police have released surveillance photos of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.