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Metro man turns sleuth after debit card stolen

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) -

Police are getting involved after a Twin Cities man turned into an amateur detective to find out who stole his debit card -- and he developed some solid leads.

"On Monday morning, I got a call from the credit card company that there could be some suspicious activity on my card," said Dave, of Bloomington.

It's the last phone call that anyone wants to get -- but at first, Dave wasn't sure if he'd been a victim of identity theft or a stolen credit card.

"When I checked my wallet, there was no card. So, I knew there was someone who had possibly picked it up somehow, and I'm not sure how," he told FOX 9 News.

Yet, when most people would just call the bank and cancel the card, Dave went online to check and see where his card had been used. He found purchases at a gas station and grocery store in Bloomington and an Old Country Buffet in Richfield.

"When I contacted the restaurant, they had felt some regret that they had allowed someone to use my card without authorization -- but they did explain that they had video footage of this that I could take a review of if I was curious as to who did this to me," Dave recalled.

That electronic paper trail eventually gave him a clear picture of who had been using his card, and he uploaded that surveillance photo to Facebook. Now, Bloomington police are trying to track down that thief.

"If you lose a credit card, that's not a crime," explained Rick Hart, of the Bloomington Police Department. "It is a crime for someone to pick up a credit card and use it fraudulently."

In all, the man seen in the picture is suspected of racking up six to eight charges totaling less than $300. Still, Dave said he's surprised that the thief was so bold given that many establishments have surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective. Broen, of the Bloomington Police Department, at 952-563-8800.

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