Most Wanted: Authorities seek financial fraud suspect

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In the blink of an eye a customer at a Target store became the victim of financial fraud in Columbus.

Sgt. Donald Bush with the Columbus Police Department said, "The victim put the keys and the credit card or debit card down in local business. When she turned around or was distracted she discovered it was missing."

Bush told News Leader 9 the crime happened so fast the victim did not realize what happened until it was too late.

Police say the suspect who was wearing a pink shirt swiped the card when the victim wasn't looking. She was spotted in surveillance video using that credit card to shop for items inside the store. Once she was done shopping, surveillance video captured her swiping the stolen credit card at the register.

This is a crime Sgt. Bush says has become more and more popular. "Unfortunately those crimes are what we call financial crimes. They are on the increase. A lot of times people may have a credit card and they put it down or they may have it in a vehicle or have it in a house and they don't use the credit card and all of a sudden when they find out the card has been used they've become a victim of identity theft."

This crime happened in early February and nearly four months later the suspect is still on the loose. It's time you help police put her behind bars for her crime.

"When you steal the credit card itself it's considered a felony and you use it without their knowledge it's considered a felony and of course, a felony carries a year or more in prison and of course fines," Bush said.

If you have any information or tips concerning this crime call Crime Stoppers at (706) 653-3400. If your information leads to an arrest you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Copyright 2012 WTVM. All rights reserved.