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Woman arrested for fraud, man wanted after possibly targeting Costco stores across the Valley

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-19 20:11:53-05

GILBERT, AZ — A woman accused of opening a fraudulent account at a Costco in Gilbert could be linked to other similar cases at Costco stores across the Valley.

A spokesperson for the Gilbert Police Department tells us that they arrested a woman at a Costco in Gilbert trying to make purchases on a fraudulent account this afternoon after she was recognized in an internal bulletin.

The Gilbert Police Department said Costco locations across the Valley have been on alert for suspects targeting Costco stores -- but it's unclear how many locations have been hit.

The department said Costco has bulletins at locations across the metro area to warn its employees of fraudulent purchases, and cards being opened by the same individuals.

"I want to catch these people," said Jackie Griffin.

Griffin says she is one of victims in the case being investigated by the Glendale Police Department.

The department released these photos to ABC15 as they were caught on surveillance video using Griffin's information at a Cabela's off Glendale Avenue, a Best Buy off Bell Road, and a Costco off 79th Avenue.

She was first alerted in mid December that her identity was being stolen and in a matter of hours, her phone number, emails, and tens of thousands of dollars in credit cards were opened in her name.

"It has consumed my life," said Griffin.

Griffin said she got a call from an officer with the Gilbert Police Department on Friday afternoon that a woman in her case was arrested from a Costco in Gilbert after being recognized in the bulletin.

"It wouldn't surprise me even if these people were minions, in a bigger scheme," said Griffin.

A spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department would not comment on the arrest of the woman in Gilbert, saying the department will follow up later.

Griffin spent weeks tracking down information like time logs, locations, and where these suspects opened accounts to help give Glendale police help finding surveillance video.

The Valley woman even created a Facebook page, AZ Fraud, to help find the people who stole her information.

The man in the photos is wanted by the Glendale Police Department in Griffin's case and he is still on the loose.

The Glendale Police Department said in an email on Friday that they are unable to speak for other agencies on whether or not other departments have charges for the their suspects in other jurisdictions.

ABC15 reached out to Costco late Friday afternoon, but did not immediately hear back.