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Concerned woman helps police crack alleged crime ring

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Investigators removed packages from a home in Decatur after busting an alleged crime ring. Investigators removed packages from a home in Decatur after busting an alleged crime ring.
DECATUR, Ga. -

A local woman helped police crack an alleged credit card fraud ring.

Dee Lewis said she got suspicious when someone called her about a computer that she'd never ordered, so she did some old-fashioned detective work and uncovered much more than a misplaced delivery.

Lewis went to the address that the computer was supposed to be delivered to and had her cousin, Little Dee, knock at the front door.

"I said, 'Somebody here used our credit card,'" said Little Dee. "Then he proceeded to slam the door in my face and then he opened the door back and, as I was taking a picture of him, he tried to sic the dogs on me and had someone try to point a gun at me. And we came and got in the car and called the police."

When police arrived, they discovered dozens of boxes inside the home containing items such as computers, ATV parts and chainsaws. Most were ready to be shipped out to other states and out of the country.

Authorities said the packages were ordered over the internet using stolen credit card numbers and shipped to the Decatur home. The boxes were then re-addressed and shipped them out.

"It's hard to track once sent to other locations, so it could be a very complex fraud scheme," said DeKalb County Police Captain A.T. Mears.

Police aren't sure if the men in the house were aware of the stolen credit card numbers, or if they thought they were doing a legitimate job for another company.  Authorities did arrest one man on an unrelated drug charge.

"Because these ladies came here today, we hit a gold mine potentially," Mears said.

Dee Lewis was proud of her sleuth-work.

"I feel good because there's a lot of people who wouldn't have known had I not come over here today," Lewis said.

Neighbors said that packages were constantly being dropped off at that home.

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