published Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Dalton police seeking suspect who stole a drunk man’s credit cards, identity

Dalton police are asking for any information on a suspect who stole a drunk man’s credit cards and is now using his identity.

The man used the stolen identity to meet a woman and later steal her car in Chattanooga, said Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier. The car was later recovered in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The suspect also withdrew $850 from the victim’s bank account and was later caught on camera trying to use the stolen bank account number at the Favorite Market store in Rocky Face, Ga., Frazier said.

The images from the surveillance footage show the suspect is a white male with short, close-cropped dark hair. Investigators say he recently paid for a new tattoo of the Grim Reaper with some of the money stolen, Frazier said.

The theft took place Feb. 15 when the victim was at the Oyster Pub on Chattanooga Road and employees called a cab because he was drunk, Frazier said.

The man didn’t have enough money to pay the cab driver so he used his credit card in the restaurant, Frazier said. Employees said they gave the wallet back to the man and he was helped into the cab by two people, he said, but once the man was leaving the cab, he couldn’t find his wallet.

The man reported the theft to the police.

Anyone with information on this crime or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Jason Bishop at 706-278-9085, extension 214.

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