SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, April 26, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Police in South Jordan are asking for help identifying a person of interest in a fraud case.
In a Monday post on the department’s Facebook page, the headline reads “Do you know me?” under pictures of a young blonde in a car apparently at a drive-up ATM machine.
“We would like to talk to this person about their fraudulent activities but we don’t know who this is,” reads the post.
South Jordan police Sgt. Eric Anderson said the young woman is suspected of identity theft, forging stolen checks, and using stolen debit and credit cards. Her alleged victim did not recognize her from the photos taken from ATM machines on Mar.19.
The victim was able to cancel and change her accounts, but not before a number of thefts occurred, said Anderson, a departmental PIO.
The woman pictured is also suspected in similar crimes in another jurisdiction, he said, whom South Jordan is coordinating with. Anderson said he couldn’t comment on any tips that came in since the publication of the photos in the media.
The department recently dealt with a similar case, unrelated, he said, which had a much quicker kind of resolution.
A shopper returning to her vehicle found a window broken in and her purse stolen, he said. She quickly phoned her bank from the parking lot on her cell phone to cancel her debit and credit cards.
The bank informed her one of her cards was being used at that moment at a nearby retail store.
Anderson said officers responded to the location, but were too late to retain a suspect. Such a quick response is rare, he said, as police departments do not have elaborate computerized operations coordinating with financial institutions to track purchases on suspected stolen cards or checks.
“It’s not like what you see in the movies and on TV.”
Such thieves of “negotiable instruments” tend to use them as quickly as possible before victims can cancel accounts. After that it’s a risk to them to use the stolen items, he said.
“They tend to run to big box stores, or fill their tanks with gas, fill their friends tanks with gas.”
Anyone with information on the woman pictured is asked to call Detective Jordan at 801-253-5203, extension 1382.