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Search on for thief who ran up thousands on stolen credit cards

COAST CITIES — The Sheriff’s Department and San Diego County Crime Stoppers are seeking a male suspect who spent thousands of dollars at several electronics stores, using credit cards that were stolen from a vehicle in Poway on July 9.
The suspect is described as a bald, African American male with a large build, approximately 30 to 45 years old.
Surveillance cameras caught the suspect purchasing items from a Fry’s Electronics store and a Best Buy in San Marcos.
Authorities said the credit cards were also used for items at other retailers in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Temecula.
The captured footage shows the suspect wearing a white T-shirt in one of the stores at 10:59 a.m. on July 10, the day after the reported credit card theft.
The charges amounted to almost $6,000, according to Detective Daniel Meyers of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
He said three stolen cards were used for the various purchases, and that detectives are still waiting for additional video surveillance from The Apple Store at the Forum in Carlsbad.
“He went in there and purchased something in the amount of $1,100,” Meyers said.
The cards were stolen from a wallet that was inside of a parked vehicle at the 17000 block of Edina Court in Poway.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Meyers said the outstanding suspect is expected to be charged with commercial burglary, credit card theft and identity theft.
Anonymous tips may be made by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at
(888) 580-8477, or at