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Detective bumps into cigarette-buying suspect
Mich. detective bumps into cigarette-buying suspect, keeps fraud case from going up in smoke
By The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) ' A Michigan detective can credit legwork, luck and one man's bad habit for his latest arrest.

Authorities say 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 he was looking for was buying a pack of cigarettes there.

Capt. Brian Heffner says the odds of the two showing up at the same store at the same time "are definitely against this happening."

Police say the suspect had used the credit card at two area stations, including the one where he was nabbed.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports ( ) the 51-year-old man has been arrested and faces charges of unlawful use of a credit card.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle,

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