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Authorities track suspect using tracking number

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Suspect in gift card theft on right. (Source: Southport Police Department) Suspect in gift card theft on right. (Source: Southport Police Department)

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – "Ripped off" is how Kathy Jackson of Southport felt when her son's gift card was spent before it ever reached him.

Kathy is the mother of twins, Lilly and Clayton Jackson. For their birthdays the twins' grandmother in Florida sent them each $25 gift cards to Walmart. As their birthday drew closer they began receiving cards in the mail, but when only one card from the grandmother showed up Kathy knew something was wrong.

Kathy and her husband Leonard decided to do some investigating of their own. Using the receipt from the purchase date of the gift cards, they were able to track the use of the card. 

"The card was used here, in Southport, two days before Clayton's birthday," Jackson said.

Jackson contacted the Southport Police and reported the card as stolen. Detectives from the Southport Police Department worked with Walmart to pinpoint the exact time and cash register where the gift card was used.  Detectives reviewed surveillance video and pull these images seen in this story.

Police Chief J.V. Dove of Southport is asking anyone with information to contact the Southport Police Department. He also has advice for people who buy or send gift cards in the mail.

"Keep track of your purchase receipts, and follow up with recipients and make sure they get what you send them," Chief Dove said.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating this incident to make sure similar cases haven't taken place at the Southport Post Office.

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