Two people, both believed to be men, are cross-dressing at Wal-Mart stores on the Coast and in Louisiana to execute a scheme to get money, an investigator said.
They’re suspected in crimes at Wal-Mart stores in Hancock and Harrison Counties and appear to have moved on to Lafayette, Louisiana, said Glenn Grannan, chief investigator of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
“They burglarize a couple of automobiles and get credit cards out of purses or wallets. They go to a Wal-Mart and use the cards to get gift cards. They buy jewelry and then take it back to a different Wal-Mart, hoping to get cash for it.”
Investigators learned of the cross-dressing scheme after a resident of Ridgewood subdivision in Kiln reported her credit card had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The woman received email alerts that her card may have been used for fraudulent activity.
The woman’s card had been used for several purchases at the Wal-Mart in Waveland about 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Anyone who recognizes the person shown in a surveillance picture is asked to call their local law enforcement department or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.