Columbia County officials investigate gift card purchase scheme
MARTINEZ, Ga. (WFXG) - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is investigating after three males purchased gift cards totaling $2,000 without paying for them.
According to the incident report, three males entered the Family Dollar on South Belair Road on January 12 and picked up six gift cards. Police say the males paid for each of the cards individually and in separate transactions, passing a 'YouTube card' to the next person. The same card was allegedly used to make all of the purchases.
The incident report says when the card was swiped that it would process the sale as a cash transaction and print a receipt like the card had been approved. Two transactions were declined, but four gift cards purchases were approved.
In total, the suspects got away with $500 gift cards to Apple, Nike, 'Vanilla Direct Pay' and 'Pay As You Go Starter.'
Once the suspects left, the clerk contacted a manager who told her to count her drawer. After she counted it, the clerk found the drawer was short $2,000.
According to CCSO, two of the males were wearing black hoodies and black hats and the third was wearing a black Adidas zipper jacket and a black beanie.
If you have any information on the suspects, you are asked to contact Investigator Stephanie Carani with the Financial Crimes Unit inside the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 706-541-2800.
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