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Merkel police searching for suspects who stole vehicle, credit card

MERKEL, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Merkel police are searching for two suspects who allegedly stole a vehicle and used a stolen credit card for fuel.

According to the Merkel Police Department, a victim returned home after running an errand at 7:45 am Saturday morning. The victim told police they would only be in the home for a few minutes, so the keys were left in the ignition. When the victim returned to the vehicle, it was gone.

"Suspects are also believed to have entered the victims open garage as well before leaving in the 2012 GMC Sierra," according to a press release from MPD.

OnStar was able to track the vehicle in Stamford. The Stamford Police Department and Haskell County Sheriff's Office assisted in recovering the vehicle at Wal-Mart, but the suspects fled.

"Prior to abandoning the vehicle, the two suspects were caught on camera in another involved vehicle and using a stolen credit card for fuel and items in the store," the press release states.

Authorities believe the suspects traveled north on Highway 277 toward Wichita Falls. The suspects were last seen driving a 2010-2013 Ford Explorer with possible paper tags. The vehicle is dark in color, possibly green or black, with a paper affixed to the front passenger side window.

Police say the credit card information obtained indicates it was last used at approximately 12:00-1:00 pm in Seymore, Texas.

Authorities describe the first suspect (pictured above) as a "Hispanic White Male between 5'5" - 5'8", approximately 180-200 pounds. Last seen wearing black shorts, black t-shirt with long sleeve gray undershirt, black shoes, wearing a black cap with "F.B.I." in white embroidered on the front. Male subject appears to have a tear drop tattoo under his right eye."

The second suspect (pictured above) is described as "White Female, between 5'5" - 5'7" , approximately 130-160 lbs., last seen wearing gray v-cut shirt with "PINK" on the front with black under shirt, denim cut off shorts, white shoes, wearing large "police/aviation" sunglasses. Female suspect had two distinctive tattoos on her left and right calves in the shape of stars, one on each calf. Female also appears to have tattoos on her right upper forearm and possibly on her right bicep."

If you have any information or see these two suspects, contact Sgt. Phillip Conklin at the Merkel Police Dept. by calling (325) 928-4229 or (325) 928-4776.

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