IMPD: Dancers stole $21K from man who used card in Club Venus

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INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man is out nearly $22,000 after his debit card was stolen, and police say it all started inside a strip club.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the victim lost his debit payroll card inside Club Venus. 

Police said the 44-year old victim spent more than four hours inside the club. Investigators said he used his debit card at least twice to pay for two private dances before noticing that his card was missing.

"Unfortunately, with this being a payroll debit card, there was no limit, daily limit, set on the card like there is with traditional debit cards where you can receive maybe $200 to $500 a day. With no limit, they were able to spend until it was gone," IMPD Detective Larry Craciunoiu said.

Metro police obtained video from Chase Bank ATMs that show two females using the victim’s debit card at numerous locations across the west side of Indianapolis.

Police said the women are believed to be dancers at the club.

Investigators said the women used the card to withdraw $21,400 over a six-hour period.

Metro police said at the very least, the victim overcame his embarrassment and came forward.

"For the guy to come forward and just outright put it out there, that this is where I was, I was at a strip club and I think a dancer took my debit card, that's very commendable on his aspect," Craciunoiu said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at crimetips.org or by texting "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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