Identity theft suspects sought

Authorities are searching for two suspects accused of using a stolen identity to buy gift cards and groceries at a Spring Hope store.
The duo are accused of making fraudulent Western Union transfers and purchasing gift cards and groceries last week at the Spring Hope Food Lion before running from police, according to information from Spring Hope Police Chief Anthony Puckett.
Food Lion representatives called police to tell them they suspected two shoppers of using a stolen identity. Puckett responded to the call and spotted the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects pulled over, but when Puckett walked up to the driver’s side window, the suspects’ car backed into Puckett’s cruiser and fled.
Spring Hope officers, Franklin County deputies and N.C. Highway Patrol troopers pursued the vehicle, but discontinued the chase on N.C. 98 at Bethlehem Church Road.
The vehicle is described as a dark blue 2014 Mercedes Benz with New York tag HFZ-3123.
The driver is described as a black man in his mid-20s weighing around 275 pounds. He has a tattoo spelling “Brooklyn” on his right forearm. The other suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s and weighing around 200 pounds.
Both were wearing gray jogging pants and white tee-shirts.
They allegedly purchased $1,500 in Western Union transfers, $500 in gift cards and $200 in groceries using the stolen identity.
There were Food Lion bags in the suspects’ car and they threw gift cards out the car windows while fleeing, Puckett said.
Anyone with information about the suspects can call the Spring Hope Police Department at 478-5197.


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