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Dalton theft suspect

DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) – The Dalton Police Department hopes you can help identify a theft suspect who used a credit card that was stolen from a mall in Chattanooga.

The suspect was caught on store surveillance in Dalton attempting to buy $750 in prepaid credit cards.

The victim said her purse was stolen from the dressing room area of Forever 21 in Hamilton Place Mall.

Then about half an hour later, a woman used the card at the Kroger on West Walnut Avenue in Dalton to buy diapers and the prepaid credit cards at a self-checkout station.

The suspect was able to purchase one $50 prepaid MasterCard at the self-checkout before the victim’s bank shut down the card for suspicious activity.

Police say after attempting to buy more prepaid cards two more times, the suspect left the stack of un-purchased credit cards at the self-checkout and left the store.

The suspect was traveling in a maroon four-door passenger car, possible a Mercury Sable.

The vehicle has a sticker in the bottom right hand corner of the windshield.

Also stolen in the purse was a “challenge coin” given to the victim’s boyfriend for marksmanship as an Army paratrooper who is currently training to be an Army Ranger.

The victim hopes to have that coin returned with her belongings.

If you know anything about this crime or theft suspect, please call Dalton Police.

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