TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan -A Traverse City police detective had a fortuitous run-in with the target of a credit card fraud investigation.
Det. Kevin Gay was investigating a case involving a woman's stolen credit card. He went to a local gas station to show clerks a surveillance image of the suspect, and found the man purchasing a pack of cigarettes.
The woman reported her card missing on April 12, and Gay went to the gas station Thursday. The chance encounter was lucky, police said, as a week had passed since the alleged theft.
"The odds are definitely against this happening ... on the exact day and time he's in there, the suspect is in there buying a pack of cigarettes," said Capt. Brian Heffner, who heads the detective bureau.
The suspect, 51, was arrested and is expected to face charges of unlawful use of a credit card.
After the woman reported her card missing, Gay pulled a purchase record and was able to determine when the suspect used the card. He found it was used at two different gas stations, and obtained surveillance footage of the man using the card at the first station. He was on his way to show the footage to clerks at the second station when he found the suspect.