CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's a warning we hear every holiday season: Lock your vehicles to avoid being the victim of theft. Two separate cases across the tri-county area recently brings that warning to mind yet again.
In Charleston, police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card at a CVS and Hess station in West Ashley.
The victim told police his wallet was stolen from the center console of his truck, parked in front of his home. In addition to the credit cards, he lost $60 and his drivers license. No damage was reported to his vehicle.
Anyone with information about the suspect can call Charleston Police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
Then, in Goose Creek, police report two men used a stolen credit card at a local Sunoco. In this case, the victim said she left her wallet in her unlocked car parked in front of her house.
Police said both suspects drove away in a light colored (possibly silver) Ford extended cab truck.
If you have any information regarding this incident, or if you know this individual, please contact Inv. Riccio at (843) 863-5200 ext. 2337 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.
The City of Charleston's Crime Prevention Office has some tips to avoid these kinds of crimes happening to you:
- Always lock your doors and close windows
- Do not leave valuables in plain view
- Park in well lit, populated areas
- Use anti-theft devices
- Be alert to surroundings or people approaching your car
- Check your credit card statements monthly and your credit report annually for any suspicious activity.
Click here for a crime prevention message from City of Charleston Police Chief Mullen.