Suspects sought for thefts at Walmart

Two people are wanted in connection with using reprogrammed gift cards at local Wal-Marts.

Between Dec. 31 and Feb. 10, the unidentified criminals used gift cards reprogrammed with stolen debit/credit card numbers to make purchases. According to Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris, the criminals have struck at Wal-Mart stores in Columbia and Richmond counties.

They use only self-service terminals and have discovered how to defeat the embedded chips that the original cards have, Morris said. The targeted bank cards so far have been SRP Federal Credit Union, Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, VAH Bank and Security Federal.

Anyone with information is asked tocontact Investigator Randy Chambers at (706) 541- 3901 or Sgt. Ken Summers at (706) 541-1044.

Reach Doug Stutsman at (706) 823-3341 or