On March 3, 2015, at 8:15 p.m., the Pineville Police Department received a report of suspicious and possible criminal activity that was occurring at the Lowes store, 3200 Monroe Hwy, in Pineville.
Patrol Officers responded and when they arrived they were informed that two men were attempting to purchase materials under suspicious circumstances.
The store manager explained that these two individuals had attempted to purchase the same type of materials from the Lowes store in Alexandria and had completed transactions in Ruston and possibly in Monroe.
The means by which these individuals were attempting to purchase the material was the subject of suspicion. Apparently, these individuals were attempting to pick up a “call-in” order from the Alexandria, La. Lowes that was placed earlier in the day by an unknown person. The person who called in the order only provided information on the materials needed and a credit card as means of payment.
Employees of the Alexandria store were suspicious and required these individuals to provide identification so that the order could be completed, however, their information did not match the credit card information and they refused to release the materials to these individuals.
The manager explained that after failing to obtain any materials from the Alexandria Lowes they proceeded to the Pineville Lowes and attempted to pick up another “call-in” order under similar circumstances as in Alexandria.
After speaking with the store management the Patrol Officers made contact with the individuals, later Identified as Terry Glen Moore of Dallas, TX and Joe Hawkins of Dallas, TX.
Patrol Officers furthered their investigation and discovered that the vehicle these two individuals were traveling in was reported stolen from Lancaster, Texas. The individuals were then placed under arrest for being in possession of the stolen vehicle.
As this investigation has progressed it has become apparent that these incidents are linked to numerous other credit card fraud incidents of this type in the south central region of the United States.
Criminal Investigators for the Pineville Police Department have recovered several documents that indicate purchases or attempts to purchase the exact same materials from different home/construction hardware stores in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.