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05-18-2004, 11:52 AM

Indianapolis police detectives on Monday cleared two Indiana Pacers of any wrongdoing in an ongoing probe of credit-card fraud at a Westside business.

In fact, financial crimes detectives said Jamaal Tinsley and Fred Jones were duped by two men, and the encounter cost Jones $800.

Jones, 25, gave one of the suspects the money for car stereo equipment on April 28, police said, after being convinced the suspects could buy electronics at a discount. The man went into the Best Buy at 5402 W. 38th St. and bought merchandise that cost $1,500. Police said the man used store credit with a card that had an unauthorized account number, then gave the items to Jones. Tinsley didn't purchase any items.

Jones has since returned the equipment, which was not installed. He is out the $800.

The two Pacers can be seen in store surveillance video mingling with the suspects, both of whom remain at large.

"Based on their investigation, they don't believe either Fred Jones or Jamaal Tinsley had any knowledge of fraudulent activity," said Lt. Paul Ciesielski, a police spokesman. "Right now they are being treated as witnesses and as victims."

One suspect was wearing an NFL football jersey in the video. The other suspect was wearing an orange hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS.