Credit cards

‘Tens of thousands of dollars’ of alleged purchases with stolen credit cards from cars in Delaware Water Gap

Credit cards stolen from cars parked in Delaware’s Water Gap National Recreation Area were used “for fraudulent purchases amounting to tens of thousands of dollars,” according to a US ranger news release.

The statement released on Monday said vehicle break-ins have continued over the past month. Several vehicles at various park trailheads were targeted, the statement said. It says purses, wallets with ID, cash and credit cards were seized.

An anonymous tip line has been set up by the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch to assist in the investigation. You can call or text 888-653-0009.

“You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know,” Chief Ranger Eric Lisnik said in the press release.

Park rangers have identified a white man, 25 to 35, with dark hair, as a person of interest in the latest series of break-ins, the statement said.

Lisnik reminds park visitors to put their valuables out of sight in a locked chest before leaving. You should take what you need when you get to the park or leave it at home, he said.

“Unfortunately not everyone who visits the park has the best intentions in mind and many of these break-ins have been crimes of opportunity where valuables have been left in plain sight in vehicles with only a glass to protect them,” Lisnik said.

To report a tip:

Call or text the tip line: 888-653-0009

Go to the Delaware Water Gap website: go.nps.gov/SubmitATip

Email advice to [email protected]

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Rudy Miller can be reached at [email protected].