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Brothers chase suspected credit card thief through Tega Cay Walmart

John Marks
jmarks@fortmilltimes.com

TEGA CAY Tega Cay police are looking for a man they say committed credit card fraud and was later confronted by the alleged victims.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. Aug. 16. Officers were dispatched to the Walmart on Stonecrest Boulevard after getting a call about a disturbance. Dispatch notified officers that three people were chasing a fourth person through the store.

John Taveras, a Rock Hill resident, told officers he was working out at nearby Planet Fitness in the Tega Cay Village Shopping Center in Fort Mill with brothers Jonathan and Juan, who both also live in Rock Hill. John Taveras said he received a call from his bank to confirm a credit card transaction at the Wal-Mart, according to the report. The brothers drove to the store and confronted someone in the parking lot with “the credit card in his hand and two recently purchased televisions” costing $380.92, the report states.

Taveras told police the suspect fled back into the store and escaped through a back emergency exit. The wallet and credit card were returned. So were the televisions, for a refund. The York County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the breaking and entering at Planet Fitness. Tega Cay officers placed Wal-Mart surveillance video into evidence.

As of Wednesday morning, there wasn’t any update to the sheriff’s office report and no arrests have been made.

Juan Taveras said two wallets and four credit or bank cards were stolen from the gym. Jonathan Taveras, who owned the car, got a text from his bank about the purchases, Juan said. The brothers went to Wal-Mart and saw a “suspicious looking character” walking out with two flat screen TVs in a buggy, Juan said.

The suspect handed the credit cards over to the brothers, Juan said, and said he’d purchased them “from some guy inside the store.” That’s when the suspect ran through the store and out into nearby woods with the brothers in pursuit.

Juan said the brothers “got a great look at the suspect.”

“He's African-American, in his 20s, around 5-foot-7 (and) 120 to 135 pounds,” he said. “He has light-colored eyes and has very distinctive tattoos all over his hands, neck and face including a small cross right next to his right eye.”

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers of York County at 877-409-4321.

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