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Car Burglary Costs Woman Her Identity

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Someone broke into a woman's car while she was working out at the Nashville Athletic Club on Harding Place. When she came out to her car, her window was broken and her purse was gone. 

"A short time later three individuals were observed at several locations using her credit card, and we have video surveillance of these people using her credit card," said Jim Lambert with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Detectives in South Precinct located video of the people using the victim's credit cards at the Wal-Mart at 4040 Nolensville Pike. 

The first two men drove a white Chevy Impala with tinted windows. The other man was seen in either a dark colored or maroon Chevy Tahoe or similar SUV. 

Police said it's a simple crime, but it can turn the victim's life upside down. 

"You have to go through the hassle of replacing your drivers license, credit cards, notify your credit card companies, social security card. You lose that you've lost your identity," said Lambert. 

Another hassle can be getting your car fixed. You have to call your insurance company and pay a deductible. Police also said like many identity thefts like this one could have been prevented.

"If you hide your purse keep it in the trunk. Don't put it in trunk when you pull in the parking lot because when you open that trunk it's just a red flag to let people know you're putting something in there of value," said Lambert. 

If you have information that can help police identify these men using a stolen credit card call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. You can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously, text the word CASH and send your message to CRIMES.

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