Police seek help identifying suspect using stolen credit cards at Hempfield liquor stores |

Police seek help identifying suspect using stolen credit cards at Hempfield liquor stores

Paul Peirce

State police are trying to identify a man who twice attempted to use stolen credit cards this week to buy nearly $1,000 worth of expensive cognac and champagne in Hempfield Township.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall and estimated to be in his 30s, according to Trooper Steve Limani. He weighs about 150 pounds and has tattoos on the left side of his neck.

He is believed to be driving a rented late model Hyundai, police said.

The man is suspected of using the stolen card at the Wine and Spirits store behind Westmoreland Mall and other state stores in the area.

According to Limani, the suspect first entered the store just before 8 p.m. Tuesday and bought six bottles of Hennessy Cognac valued at $492.

The man came back and attempted again to use the card to buy eight bottles of champagne valued at $498, Limani said. However, police said the card was repeatedly declined after five attempts.

The man then fled.

“The suspect has apparently victimized several other Wine and Spirits stores throughout Western Pennsylvania,” Limani said.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-832-3288.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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