Police: Thief Who Stole $19,300 Is an Apple Guy

Man used stolen credit card to buy Apple computer products, police say

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    Police say credit cards stolen from a locker at a Westworth Village fitness center on July 25 was used to purchase thousands of dollars of Apple computers in a few hours. (Published Monday, Aug 26, 2013)

    A thief stole a man's credit card and spent $19,300 in about three hours -- most of it on Apple computers, police said.

    Detective Darren Clark of the Fort Worth suburb of Westworth Village said the amount of charges in such a short time is unusual.

    "It was a large amount of Apple products," he said.

    The victim's credit cards were taken from a locker at a Westworth Village fitness center on July 25.

    Police have surveillance video of the man using the stolen credit card at a Best Buy in Hurst. He also shopped at a Target in Grapevine, and the Apple store at University Village in Fort Worth.

    Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the thief. The same man may have committed similar crimes in other cities, police said.

    "It's not often I like to say the actor succeeded in the crime, so hopefully we'll apprehend him and his success will be for naught," Clark said.

    Police said the man may have sold the electronics by advertising on the Internet.

    The man in the video appears to be in his mid-40s to mid-50s, police said. He has gray hair with a receding hairline.

    "Generally this is not a first-time-offense-type thing," Clark said. "My guess is, he's done this before and will do it again unless we catch him."

    Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call or text Westworth Village police at 682-710-1894.