Caught on Tape: Couple Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Cards

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

A couple was caught on tape allegedly using credit cards that were stolen from a southern Colorado college student.

It was not long after Lucas Hampton’s car was taken near the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus that the duo went to the Kohl's store on North Nevada Ave. Hampton says they spent several hundred dollars on his stolen cards.

Detectives told Hampton there was a slight chance of finding his stolen car. "I guess I was hopeful,” he said. “But I had planned otherwise."

Hampton said before he found out his car had been recovered, he made plans on how to get to work and school next year. When cops tracked his stolen Honda Civic, there was some damage, like a scratched bumper and broken window cranks. "It still runs," Hampton joked.

Detectives say a man in a gray shirt and a red-haired woman were caught on surveillance video using the stolen credit cards at Kohl's.

"I should be able to keep everything in my car, windows down, keys in the ignition,” said Hampton. “That shouldn't be an issue, unfortunately that's not how it is."

The charges made at Kohl’s have been reversed by the credit companies, so Hampton won’t be out any money.

He admits he left his keys in his car, and even though he hid them, the crooks still found them.

If you recognize the couple from the surveillance pictures or from our video you can call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

*To see pictures of the suspects, click the 'photos' tab above.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    Unfortunately, as a 20 y/o this is a lesson learned and won't be forgotten. What is left out of this story is that while it is true the state is in the top 10 for theft, the city deficit prevents the police force to do more to prevent this. The store clerks did ask for i.d, however the crooks had the i.d to back up the purchase (wallet with credit cards were taken). There is no doubt that Jared made some poor choices in his lifetime as we all have, (ex.: his latest post), however, the bigger picture is the stolen car and other stolen valuables. Rather than focus at what someone should know of what NOT to do, focus on the crooks and pass their pictures around to send a clear message that as a community we ARE WATCHING! Let's catch these crooks and make them accountable. Next time (Jared), it may be you, (despite the protective measures taken, as someone pointed out, it takes less than 30 seconds to break into a car, a student's car at worst).
  • by red Location: cs on Jul 19, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    It is an ongoing problem within this town. I use my credit card everyday and the only time I'm asked for identification is at the movie theater or the community college. It's way too easy for anyone to buy stuff with a stolen credit card and why this state is in the top five when it comes to identity theft.
  • by Canary Location: Colo Spgs on Jul 19, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    I agree David... I can't believe they bought that much stuff without having to show ID. Especially with ID theft becoming as rampant as it now is. An old job of mine had a rule that if the person was purchasing more than $25 worth of goods on a credit card, you have to check ID.
  • by David Location: fountain on Jul 18, 2010 at 10:52 PM
    First you wouldn't be so quick to spout off if it was you. Even if the car was locked it takes a thief less than 30 seconds to break into a car. What makes me upset is the fact the store clerk didn't ask for or didn't look at any ID for the purchase. A rule of thumb is when you use your credit/debit card, if the clerk doesn't ask for a valid ID, ask to see the manager and complain. It is your card and you have the right to make sure that the store takes care of their responsibility for keeping your interests safe. Common Sense people!!!!!!!
  • by Rick Montanez Location: KKTV on Jul 18, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    The pictures are there to view... they're under the 'photos' tab.
  • by Jared Location: cos on Jul 18, 2010 at 08:49 PM
    What kind of idiot leaves his keys in the car and doesn't expect it to get stolen? I guess this moron.
  • by red Location: cs on Jul 18, 2010 at 08:20 PM
    Of course it didn't have to happen in the first place if he would've just locked his car and took his keys with him.
  • by B Location: cs on Jul 18, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    If anyone recognizes those lazy jerks and doesn't call the police, they're accessories to crime. Wouldn't be that hard to have a light-bulb moment: 'Those are my neighbors!', or 'Those are the parents of so & so!' The pics are clear enough!
  • by Aaron Location: CoSprings on Jul 18, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    It would be nice if the photos were available for online readers to identify.
  • by christi Location: cos on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    I hope these scum are arrested and serve jail time. I think it is time that credit cards need pin numbers inorder to use them. Either this or make it the law that a valid id must be shown before credit cards can be accepted.
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