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Mo. man accused of using stolen credit cards

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Austin McKinnis (Source: McCracken County Jail) Austin McKinnis (Source: McCracken County Jail)

A Missouri man is facing charges out of McCracken County, Kentucky in connection to using stolen credit cards.

Austin McKinnis, 31, of Nixa, Missouri, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card by the McCracken County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday. 

McKinnis was arrested in January by the Benton, Arkansas Police Department on local charges and transferred to McCracken County Jail on May 6. McKinnis was wanted in McCracken County on an arrest warrant.   

In November, a Paducah man had reported to police his credit card had been stolen and used at local retail stores.  He discovered several unauthorized charges on his card and reported it to the credit card company.  

The man believed his card had been stolen from his wallet at a local fitness club. 

He discovered the credit card charges were for gift cards totaling $1000.  

An investigation showed McKinnis used the gift cards at Wal-Mart, in Marion, Illinois, to purchase tires and service for his vehicle. 

The identity of McKinnis was found out through his vehicle registration, video surveillance and information obtained from other law enforcement who were investigating McKinnis. 

Chesterfield, Mo. Police sent out a bulletin to area law enforcement agencies, which showed a photo of McKinnis and his vehicle. 

McCracken County Sheriff's Department detectives recognized McKinnis and his vehicle and contacted Chesterfield police.

The photos from video surveillance in Chesterfield and McCracken County were a match for the McKinnis. 

It was learned that McKinnis had been allegedly taking credit cards and money from unlocked lockers in a fitness club in Chesterfield. 

Chesterfield police are continuing their investigation and additional charges may result. 

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