LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is behind bars after allegedly using stolen credit cards to make purchases at several Lufkin businesses last December.
Isaac Wilcox was booked into the Angelina County Jail Wednesday on three counts of credit card abuse of elderly. A bond amount has not been set as of 10:30 A.M. on Thursday.
According to the arrest affidavit, On Dec.21 Lufkin Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Reen Drive in reference to a burglary call. The officer spoke with Janice Rowe who said her husband found her purse sitting next to the bushes outside of her front door.
"We've been here 47 years and nothing's ever happened and you just don't think it's going to happen to you," Rowe said.
The report said Rowe noticed several checks, credit cards, and several one-hundred dollar bills were missing from inside of the purse. Rowe told the officer that someone would have had to come in her home while she was there and steal the purse. The affidavit indicated no signs of forced entry.
"I was in my computer room in one end of the house and he was in the TV room watching the Dallas Cowboys, so we didn't hear anything," Rowe said.
A week later, Rowe notified police that several of her missing cards had been used around Lufkin and Dallas. Records show the purchases totaled $2,755.60. The report continues stating that police were able to get video from the Lufkin Wal-Mart and a Chevron station that showed a suspect using the cards. On Jan.11th, Police received a tip from Crimestoppers that Wilcox was the person in the video.
Wilcox was caught in Cooke County, north of Dallas.
Rowe said they now have security cameras and bells on the doors.
Rowe tracks her credit accounts vigilantly. She hopes more businesses will begin to ID shoppers using credit cards.
Police said the case is an ongoing investigation, and they believe several people used the credit cards. Wilcox will most likely not be charged with burglary of a habitation. LPD said there is not enough evidence that he was the one that physically entered the home to take the purse and several people used the credit card.