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Flagler detectives search for suspected thief

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PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler Sheriff's detectives are releasing store video surveillance in which a suspect is believed to have used stolen credit cards at Target at Town Center in Palm Coast. The credit cards belong to a resident whose car was recently broken into at her home.

Detectives are attempting to identify the suspect by releasing footage from surveillance cameras that shows the suspect exiting Target after a loss prevention manager there said the suspect used the cards to make purchases and to buy gift cards at Target. The cards were also used at a Kangaroo convenience store and Walmart stores in Palm Coast and Ormond Beach, detectives say.

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The suspect (pictured) is described as a white man and may be getting into a blue SUV parked far from store entrances. In Ormond Beach, the suspect was spotted with a black woman.

"Residents should remember to remove any items of value from their vehicles and keep their vehicles locked at all times,'' said Sheriff James L. Manfre. "Taking some added precautions to prevent crime can make a big difference.''

Help yourself avoid being a crime victim by following these tips:

  • Remove all valuables from the interior of your vehicle. Cameras, computers, purses, wallets and other electronics should be locked in the trunk or secured out of sight.
  • Always lock your vehicle and activate the alarm, if installed.
  • Park in well-lit areas when possible.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911. For more crime prevention tips, call the Community Outreach Unit at 386-586-2623.

Anyone with information about the surveillance videos is urged to call Detective Joe Costello at the Flagler County Sheriff's Office Investigative Services Division at (386) 586-4801 in reference to case 65777-2015 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477. Tipsters will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.