South Hadley Police seek to ID suspects who rang up $2,400 on purloined card




Staff Writer
Published: 10/19/2019 2:19:27 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — Police are seeking the public’s help with identifying three people who they believe are involved in numerous fraudulent debit card charges after it was left behind at a local restaurant.

According to a Thursday Facebook post by the South Hadley Police Department, a Visa debit card was left behind at an unnamed restaurant on Sept. 2. That same day, and on Sept. 3, police said the card was used in South Hadley, Holyoke and Chicopee by at least three suspects who were allegedly caught using the card in surveillance footage.

Lt. Bill Sowa said Friday that the card has since been shut off by its bank and that approximately $2,400 worth of charges were made in eight stores within the two-day period. In the Facebook post, police say a black male accompanied by two Hispanic females appeared to have used the card and were seen in what appeared to be a blue minivan. Sowa said police have not received any tips from the public as of Friday afternoon.

“There are still a couple of avenues of investigation open and we will follow up on them,” Sowa said.

Sowa said that the public should stay vigilant as to where they place their personal belongings. 

“This here is bad luck,” he said. “It’s not like somebody got the number somehow and took advantage of that. Someone just forgot to pick their card up off the counter.”

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Detective Benjamin Tucker via email at or by phone, (413) 538-8231 ext. 318. Those who wish to make an anonymous tip should call (413) 538-8231, then press 6.

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