Friday, December 18, 2015

JAVA JERKS: Surveillance Photos Show "Charity" Thieves Shopping After Boystown Binge

New surveillance photos show two men at a local retail store minutes after they allegedly stole phones and wallets from patrons at area restaurants and coffee shops on Monday afternoon.

The pix, provided by one of the victims, shows the duo entering and leaving the Marshall's store at Halsted and Clark less than an hour after taking the woman's wallet from her purse inside Intelligentsia Coffee, 3123 N. Broadway.

One has to wonder which one of these goofs looks like a "Jennifer" in person, because that's the name on the card that they allegedly used to buy hundreds of dollars worth of goods.

The two can be seen changing jackets and head coverings in the series of photos, which span mere minutes.

Within 30 minutes of the Intelligentsia heist, victims also reported thefts of phones and wallets at the nearby Argo Tea and at the Starbucks, 3358 N. Broadway.

CWB Chicago's original report on the theft spree is HERE.

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25 comments:

  1. Such brazen (and entitled) behavior. There's a special hot corner of hell waiting for these two.

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    1. "There's a special hot corner of hell waiting for these two."

      More like a hot meal waiting for them, paid for by your tax dollars, as always.

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  2. Marshall's should be held liable in some form for this too. If two men use a card with the name "Jennifer" it's hardly profiling to ask for a second form of identification.

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    1. My car was stolen in the 80's along with the credit card inside. There were about 30 transactions under $50 from one store on the same day (this was when they had to call in purchases over $50 for approval first). I felt the store should have their Visa/MasterCard privileges suspended as well. No way.

      Years later my sisters purse was stolen from a restaurant in downtown Chicago. Amongst other retail purchases, they cashed a check at the casino using her driver license (CASHED A CHECK!). Something tells me the criminals and my sister didn't look anything alike.

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    2. There probably is someone working at Marshall's that is in on it and waiting for them to come in with their stolen credit cards.

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    3. I don't understand how they got away with using it at so many places. The person's name and information comes up on most register systems when they swipe it. Marshalls does seem like a rather popular place for people to go with a stolen card though. Must be a reason.

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    4. I worked in retail briefly. Making the sale is the goal. They could care less about a stolen credit card. Frankly, I could have cared less myself either as we have daily sales goals and quotas. Even if I called a manager to step in they probably would have rolled their eyes at me or became irate. This is all covered by "insurance" that we all pay for in some form or another, like bigger price tags. They can zoom in those cameras to catch an employee taking a $1 bill from the register though (not me of course but I know this).

      Do you think a bartender or waiter is going to question the name on a credit card that doesn't seem to match the customer and risk losing a tip too? I didn't think so either.

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  3. Christmas shopping - Chicago style.

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  4. Marshall's is too stupid to get any future business from me. I'm guessing Jennifer and her friends are finished with them too. FYI, take a Sharpie and write " SEE I.D." in the signature box on the back of your credit card. It works at many vendors for me. They ask for the I.D.

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    1. These days, the cashier doesn't even touch your card. You either swipe it or put it into the new smart reader yourself. I'm guessing the name of the card holder pops up on the cashier's screen, but they probably don't even look at it. I don't know....last time I worked retail, we had to run the card thru that mechanical thingy and look in a little book to see if the card # was on a "naughty list." I think we got a new book once a week....or once a month? Anyone remember that?? : )

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    2. To better prevent this crime for travelers, put "See Illinois Photo I.D." or "See Il. Photo D.L.".

      I do this on all my credit and debit cards and in fact, it helped me out when I lost my wallet in a Miami, Florida night club.

      No crazy charges appeared on any statements!

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    3. Works great until you need to travel overseas and vendors won't accept your CC because it doesn't have a signature on the back. Yes this does happen, I've seen it on more than one occasion.

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    4. That isn't going to stop the fraud either when the cashier isn't doing the job which sadly is often.

      I lost my CC at a bar. That evening a bunch of food and toys were purchased at Walgreens.
      $130.

      My CC was not signed. It said "See ID".

      I got the charges taken off, but it was time consuming.

      Some hard chargers at the post office and other retail outlets, won't take the card if it's not signed and has "See DL" etc. Weird.

      But, yea, generally, I haven't had a problem.

      I'd say 50/50 the cashiers check & 1-2% of the time they won't accept it.

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  5. I agree, Marshall's should be held liable - maybe aiding and abetting charges.
    This would be a great story for Pam Zeckman from CBS.

    BTW, when I charged a $5.75 purchase at the Lakeview post office last week, the clerk asked to see my drivers license. Marshall's should be as diligent.

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    1. I write See ID on my card but so many companies (probably like marshalls) just have the customer swipe and don't ask to see the card or ID. In my experience I'd guess maybe one out of 20 of my credit card purchases involves the clerk asking for ID.

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    2. Marshalls and TJ Maxx typically do not check ID for purchases under $50. I'm sure the cashiers had a long line of holiday shoppers so they probably got too lazy to check ID. I agree the store should be held countable though.

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    3. You are not required to ask for ID for a $500 purchase at Macy's.

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    4. I also have "see Illinois Photo I.D.", as I travel frequently, on back of all my credit cards and I also make sure that I thank the cashier for asking.

      The cashiers freak out when I tell them "thank you" for checking for my Illinois Identification.

      I hope that encourages more of the cashiers to ask for I.D. in all the stores to help prevent this easy crime!

      I also believe the companies that accept these lawless transactions should be held liable for the loss!
      Let's see how fast checking I.D. WILL become company policy!

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    5. I don't think it's right to call the cashiers "lazy". They are likely just doing their job as they are told. During the holiday season, stores get very busy and managers push, push, push cashiers for SPEED above all else - move the lines, get customers out the door. A few fraudulent transactions won't hurt the company as much as people walking out w/o purchasing anything because the line is too slow. At least, that's the mindset. Never blame the cashiers - they get paid VERY little and are only doing what they are told by management.

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  6. The victim's bank will reimburse her account for fraudulent expenditures. However, the store itself should be looked into. There have been cases where thieves act in unison with clerks in specific stores knowing they can sue whatever card they happen to have. Maybe they know each other? Not a stretch here.

    Also... people!! Please be diligent and don't leave your stuff laying around. It's the holiday season and there are knuckleheads everywhere (in all colors, shapes, and forms)just waiting for you!

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  7. Credit card companies should require all retailers to make customer shown ID. If they don't check ID, credit card won't pay retailer. Simple enough.

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    1. They should, but I believe the exact opposite is generally the policy. Stores are not supposed to ask customers for ID. A few do, but it's pretty rare. I believe part of the reason that most stores now have terminals for customers to swipe their own cards is to avoid liability. If the clerk never touched the card or saw the name, how is the store liable? I don't know how it is in every store, but for over five years I worked for a upscale chain grocer in the area that had terminals for customers to swipe their cards. The cashiers never touched the cards, and no, the cardholder's name did not show up on our screen. The only time anything showed up on our screen was if the transaction was declined. During the holidays, transactions ranging from $500-$800 were not uncommon, and we never checked a single ID (except for liquor purchases).

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    2. Credit card companies actually set the rules for asking for id for specific cards. In general, if the card is signed, you are not supposed to ask for id and if you do the customer doesn't have to provide it in order for the card to be accepted. That would be a violation of the rules that the Credit card company and retailers have in place.

      It's a very complicated thing with credit cards and ID. While trying to deter fraud and help customers from financial loss, many retailers have to allow many fraudulent transactions to happen and leave the charge back and appeal process to the consumer.

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  8. "Marshall's should be held liable for..."
    "Marshsll's should pay...."
    The ONLY people who pay for sh!# like this are OTHER customers. It all comes out of our pockets.

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  9. A lot of times they use the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards. Easier to sell then fencing stuff.

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