While visitors enjoyed a lake in Fort Mill, someone was helping themselves to credit cards left in vehicles

FORT MILL — Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was charged to credit cards stolen from vehicles parked at the Anne Springs Close Greenway over the weekend, according to a Fort Mill Police Department report.

All of the vehicles were parked near Lake Haigler and most were left unlocked by the owners.

One couple called police after they discovered their Jeep was broken into by someone who unzipped the canvas top. A credit card, credit union card and driver’s license was stolen and someone tried to use the credit card at a Best Buy in Rock Hill. It was declined after being flagged as a possibly fraudulent transaction, but someone used the credit union card at the same store to buy over $2,000 worth of merchandise Feb. 9, the report states.

While police were talking to the couple, several other people walked over to make similar complaints, the report states. A credit card taken from one vehicle was used to charge over $2,000 worth of merchandise from a Macy’s store.

Other stolen credit cards from those vehicles were used with varying success in Rock Hill and Charlotte, according to the report.

Later, a North Carolina man who also was parked near the lake that day visited the Fort Mill Police Department to report that his vehicle was burglarized as well while he was there.

Police frequently remind the public to keep their vehicles locked at all times and to not leave valuables in plain sight.