Police seek suspects in widespread fraud investigation

BEAVER DAM (WKOW) — The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating a theft-by-fraud complaint where an unidentified subject or subjects stole multiple credit cards from a local YMCA.

The incident is similar to others reported across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois with total losses of more than $100,000, police say.

The thefts occurred either from the victim’s vehicle or locker and the thief proceeded to use those cards at various retailers.

During the investigation, police discovered the thief is likely involved in similar incidents across southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

It is also possible the suspect or suspects are likely to continue this activity in the region and may expand to other areas.

At least 20 agencies across the region have open investigations involving this type of activity and likely this suspect or suspects.

The losses incurred by victims as a result of this activity is likely upwards of $100,000.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying this individual and/or this vehicle. The vehicle is a dark blue Chrysler minivan and often has stolen or temporary tags or no plates at all.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kuhnz with the Beaver Dam Police Department at 920-887-4613 Ext. 521 or email at dkuhnz@bdpd.org.

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