Stolen Medical Debit Card Used For Shopping Spree

Thieves steal a purse and go on a shopping spree, using a medical debit card to buy televisions.

“About 2:30 in the morning, I suspect." Kari regrets leaving her purse under the car seat, even in her own Gretna driveway. “I had a wallet inside my purse I don't have anymore.”

Investigators hope to find the suspects who bought $3,000 in merchandise in a four-hour span. Kari was surprised to discover the suspects purchased electronics at one of those automated checkout stands, using her medical debit card intended for prescriptions.

Kari says flat screen TVs aren't what the doctor ordered. “Three o'clock in the morning, four o'clock in the morning and they were hauling out TVs and never got questioned.”

Health Savings accounts are used to pay for doctor visits and medical expenses, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska warns that if stolen, those cards can be swiped for almost anything. “You need to treat them just like a debit card or credit card,” says Andy Williams with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. “If you lose one, report it immediately because they can be used for anything else.”

Since the purse theft, Kari has traced all the stores and gas stations where the thieves used her card, gathering security camera shots along the way. “Seems like the only way you can find out who they are is by somebody recognizing them from the pictures.”

Her identity stolen, Kari says she could now use her Health Savings card to pay for a blood pressure check. She's filed a claim with her bank in hopes of getting the money back.

If you have any idea who the suspects are, call Sarpy Crimestoppers at 402-592-STOP.

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