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Identity theft: Montgomery County police seek duo with fraudulent credit card

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LAUREL, Md. (WJLA) -- The two suspects are well-dressed and blend right in, which is why police are releasing pictures of them to the public, hoping they are recognized.

Police tell ABC7 that the corporate-looking duo likes to strike at Target, first hitting the Laurel store and racking up $7,000 in credit card swipes. Then the next day, Montgomery County Police report that they headed to Largo, walking out with a thousand dollars’ worth of goods – on the same card.

But that was a just a drop in the ocean compared to their grand total.

According to Corporal Rebecca Innocenti with the Montgomery County Police, the suspects charged $20,000 in six days on that one credit card.

The duo spent $11,000 alone at Beautician Design Center in Beltsville, purchasing enough chairs and supplies to outfit a brand new hair salon. The shop did check identification, which is where this caper gets even more interesting.

The fictitious D.C. license had the thief's photograph, but the victim’s name – so it appeared perfectly legitimate.

The victim happens to be a 23-year-old man from Silver Spring, who had no idea he had been robbed of his personal information until he received a bill in the mail and realized he didn’t open up the credit card account.

That's kind of scary ... Makes me want to check my purse," said Linda Blandford of Burtonsville.

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