Phoenix police looking for credit card thieves, suspect in fatal hit-and-run in 2019 cases

Oct 31, 2022, 2:00 PM

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This article originally appeared Jan. 13, 2020.

This case proves that no matter how nice the neighborhood, you can never let your guard down.

“The original theft happened near 43rd Street and Camelback [Road],” Phoenix Police Sgt. Jamie Rothschild said. “But the subsequent thefts happened afterward.”

A woman had her credit cards stolen from her purse on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Rothschild says those credit cards were later used at several stores, “many near the original location of the theft on Camelback, but also at least once in the East Valley.”

There were two women and one man caught on surveillance video using those stolen cards. One of the women is wearing scrubs, and investigators hope that’s the key to helping solve this crime.

Learn more about this case here.

Next, a Valley mom killed by a hit-and-run driver.

“It happened Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at about 8 at night, as Tanya Karim was crossing Broadway Road near 20th Street in Phoenix,” Rothschild said.

Investigators don’t know who hit the 51-year-old woman, but they think the suspect was driving either a dark-colored late 1990s or early 2000s single-cab pickup or a light-colored passenger car.

Sgt. Rothschild says, “If you know of either one of these vehicles that have unexplained front-end damage, please give us that information.”

Karim’s death is being felt by a lot of people. She has four children, three boys and a girl, and she grew up here in the Valley.

She went to South Mountain High School, where she was captain of the cheerleading squad. Rothschild says she also had a very strong faith.

“We want to get justice for her family,” he says.

Learn more about this case here.

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Phoenix police looking for credit card thieves, suspect in fatal hit-and-run in 2019 cases