Fact Finders has a clear look at a crew of suspected purse thieves using stolen credit cards, but they took far more from a victim who serves our country.
One night last month arriving home after a National Guard holiday party, Kristen Bovinet let her guard down, leaving her purse in a rental vehicle she thought she locked. "I had, unfortunately, everything in there which I probably shouldn't have. I had my old engagement ring in there."
It’s her credit card the three suspects tried to use that might get back her ring and other family belongings left in the car.
"I said that guy has my jacket," says son Kaeden Bovinet. Kristine and Kaeden watched security camera video of the suspects denied at this store, but they made purchases with her credit card at another. Within a few hours of the theft, the suspects went to three places to use the stolen credit card to buy gift cards, to restaurants and a theater, but their intent was likely not dinner and a movie.
"The main reason most of these thieves look to buy gift cards is they can be resold on the street very easily," says Sarpy County Deputy Matt Barrall.
Active duty in the Air Guard, Kristen has activated new cards and credit watches. It took hours of calls and emails. "The time it takes to repair damage for the 30 seconds they walked off with." And she's been taught an expensive lesson about her homeland security. "I always double check now."
The sheriff's investigator says the high quality video should lead to the identification of all three suspects. A reward might help too if they're arrested and convicted. Call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP.