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BY DONNIE JOHNSTON
The Culpeper town Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a "person of interest" in a stolen credit-card case.
A couple was shopping in a Culpeper grocery store about 10 a.m. Sept. 1 when a man approached them near the pharmacy department and began a conversation with the husband, according to town public information officer Wally Bunker.
The woman then noticed that someone had opened her bag (in the shopping cart) as well as the wallet inside.
The man talking with the husband said he thought that the perpetrator could have been another man who had just walked by. Bunker said the first man left in the direction of the second, but never returned.
A short time later, one of the woman's stolen credit cards was used to purchase alcohol at the nearby ABC store and tobacco at another business, Bunker said. It was also used at other stores before the cancellation process was completed.
The "person of interest" is described as a black man of medium-to-dark complexion. He was wearing blue-jean shorts, dark-colored Croc shoes and a dark shirt with "college" written in white letters.
The man is believed to be in his 30s, appears to be of average height and is bald with some facial hair. He is also described as being "very talkative."
Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Andrew Terrill at 540/829-5521 or Culpeper CrimeSolvers at 540/727-0300.