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Detective bumps into suspect buying cigarettes at gas station
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- A Michigan detective can credit legwork, luck and one man's bad habit for his latest arrest.
A Traverse City police detective went to a local gas station Thursday to show clerks a surveillance video image of someone accused of stealing a woman's credit card a week before. The man Detective Kevin Gay was looking for was buying a pack of cigarettes there.
Capt. Brian Heffner, who leads the detective bureau, said a chance encounter like this is rare but welcome.
The man, 51, was arrested and faces charges of unlawful use of a credit card, the newspaper reports.
Police said the suspect had used the credit card at two area stations, including the one where he was nabbed.