Police seek suspects who used credit cards taken during burglary in N. Phoenix


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on September 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 7:24 AM

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PHOENIX – Police are looking for two people who used credit cards taken during a residential burglary and auto theft in the far north Valley.

Police said sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 15 unknown suspects burglarized a home near 27th Avenue and the Carefree Highway.

During the burglary, the suspects found the victim's car keys and stole a gold-colored 2009 Volkswagen Passat out of the garage.

The victim's credit cards were in the vehicle and were used by a man and a woman to make purchases at two different locations.

"We don't know if they're the same two that did the residential burglary, but it happened immediately afterwards," said Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch.

Police have released surveillance video and photos of the man and woman purchasing items with the stolen credit cards.

Both suspects were seen leaving the stores in a light-colored extended cab Chevrolet truck.

The victim's vehicle has not been recovered.

Burch said this crime is a reminder to the public to hide your car keys if you are going to leave your home for an extended period of time.

"When you leave your home overnight and you're leaving your car in the garage, always kind of hide the keys and put the keys somewhere other than a place that says 'car keys' with the easy access for any type of bad guys," Burch said.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org.