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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Charges have been made everywhere from Maryland to Florida. Some cards were even used for online pornography subscriptions, and investigators say it could happen to you.
We use them everyday, and virtually everywhere, Shopping, eating, and paying with plastic.
"In the last week though we've had five instances with credit or debit cards that have been compromised," says Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas Co. Sheriff's Office.
Eight people are now victims in a rash of identity fraud cases in Thomas county. But they didn't fall for some sort of scam. Investigators think the card numbers were copied at local businesses.
"This guy's actually purchasing a laptop computer using a victim's cloned debit card," Watkins.
That $700 purchase and even pornography subscriptions are a few of the things victims unexpectedly found on their bank statements. And this suspect made a hefty Wal-Mart purchase in Florida, with a Thomas co. woman's card.
But how? "Easiest way to explain it is if you go to a restaurant and purchase a meal and you do it with your debit or credit card, you'll give that card to the waiter or waitress," says Watkins.
All it takes is one swipe and in seconds someone can take the information stored in the magnetic strip, and produce a clone. It's done using a device called a ‘skimmer.' They're small,and cheap. "Be aware," says Lt. Tim Watkins. "Scrutinize your statements and make sure all the charges on there are legit."
And if you find a charge that isn't, report it. You just might be another victim of identity theft.
Investigators think someone is locally making copies of the cards, and possibly selling them online.
Right now they are gathering victim's bank statements to see if any connections can be made.
If you experience similar charges, contact the Thomas Co. Sheriff's office.