Thief uses bogus gift card to steal $6,000 from Giant Eagle

By Michael Sangiacomo

November 27, 2009, 9:46AM

GetGo_Laconia_Bank-face3.jpgRocky River police seek this man suspected of bilking the Giant Eagle store of $6,000 in gift cards.ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – An East Coast fraudulent gift card operation has reached Rocky River, resulting in $6,000 worth of gift cards stolen from the Giant Eagle store, police said.

Police are searching for a man who used counterfeit gift cards to purchase $6,000 worth of actual gift cards from the Giant Eagle store on Center Ridge Road Nov. 20, Detective Ken Thompson said.

Someone used stolen information from the Laconia Bank in Laconia, N.H. to create bogus gift cards and then used those to purchase real gift cards up and down the East Coast, Thompson said.

So far it's believed that more than $70,000 worth of real gift cards have been bought using the counterfeit cards.

Police are attempting to track the gift cards stolen from the Giant Eagle when they are used locally.


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