Ugly tie bandit | Police hope surveillance photos help track man wanted for fraud

DACULA, Ga. -- It's a pretty distinctive tie. Gwinnett County police are hoping it's the clue that helps them track down the man who tried to pull a con on a police officer. 

On May 7, 2016, at 11:16 am, a man walked into the Kroger in Dacula and tried to use a USAA Visa card to purchase a $1,500 money order. The man swiped the card repeatedly until it was declined. He told the cashier there was some kind of mistake and he would call his bank.  He walked away talking on the phone. He never came back. 

There wasn't a mistake. The card didn't work because it was a clone. The man who tried to access the money wasn't the legit owner. The real owner was on duty as a police officer more than 90 miles away in Floyd County. 

The officer knew something was wrong when he got an email from his bank about the attempted withdraw, even though he still had possession of the card. 

The woman who was working the customer service desk at the time remembered the encounter and was able to help police with a good description. The man was about 40 years old, six feet tall, and 250 pounds. He was wearing a yellow shirt and a yellow and brown patterned tie. He had had what the witnesses described as a "large beard." He swiped the card himself, but she saw what looked like a "blue credit card". 

The entire encounter was captured on surveillance video. 

The officer confirmed he had no idea who the man was, and had not given his card to anyone. 

Do you recognize the man, wanted for fraud? If so, you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers

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