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Couple Says They're Being Wrongly Accused of Theft

A St. Joseph couple admits they are the individuals in surveillance video released by police but deny having anything to do with a credit card theft.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The case of a stolen credit card used to purchase items at a St. Joseph Wal-Mart gets more mysterious.

After a report of this story on KQ2, a St. Joseph couple says they are the individuals identified as suspects in the case and they've been wrongly accused.

Scott Caw and Aerielle Richey say they are frequent shoppers at Wal-Mart. They admit to being in the store on the day in question, but say everything they bought that day they purchased legally.

"Of course it's us in the video, but it's not us stealing," Richey said.

In-store surveillance video released by the St. Joseph Police Department shows a man and woman entering the store then leaving a short time later with a bag of merchandise.

Police say the two in the video could be responsible for using a stolen credit card to make the purchases.

A detective investigating the case says the card came from a purse that was stolen from a locked trunk in the East Hills Mall parking lot on February 25,

"A friend of mine sent me a text and asked me if I'd seen a link on (the KQ2) phone app," Caw said.

Caw clicked on the story on the KQTV phone app, saw the story and says he saw his girlfriend and himself in the video.

"I was in disbelief. I really didn't know what to do," he said.

Caw says before going to the store that day the two made a cash withdrawal at their bank and paid for their Wal-Mart items in cash. He says he knows nothing about any stolen credit card and fears an accusation like this could hurt him.

"It could definitely jeopardize my job," he said. "I work in stores everyday."

Both Caw and Richey say their friends are supporting them.

"My friends know I'm not a thief and I'm not like that," Caw said. "They're in as much disbelief as I am."

We talked with St. Joseph Police Monday evening. The detective handling the case says he will be talking with Caw and Richey Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Caw says he is considering his legal options.
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