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Police track credit cards of slain Snellville man

LAWRENCEVILLE - Stolen credit card activity related to the slaying of a Snellville man is being tracked by law enforcement in at least three states.

Authorities in Florida say credit cards belonging to 61-year-old Barry Alan Helling, whose body was found Jan. 3 in a field near Birmingham, Ala., have been used at various retail stores in Florida, in addition to transactions reported by law enforcement officials in Georgia and Alabama.

According to an article printed in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, transactions have been reported along U.S. 19 in Port Richey, Fla., and Holiday, Fla., in stores including Dillards, Circuit City, Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

The credit cards have also reportedly been used as far south as Tampa.

In metro Atlanta, one man was caught on security camera in December using Helling's card at the Sports Authority in Duluth, while another was caught at a Wal-Mart store in Villa Rica, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said in a previous report.

Moloney said last week that the St. Clair (Ala.) Sheriff's Office is the agency investigating the homicide.

As of Saturday night, no reports of arrests in connection with the case were available, and the number of suspects involved is still unknown.

As for the investigation, Helling's body was discovered by fishermen approximately 100 yards from Interstate 20 with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles told the Birmingham News.

Helling's identification was made through dental records, the sheriff said.

The two men caught on security camera at the two metro Atlanta area stores are described as white men in their 50s.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Gwinnett police or the St. Clair Sheriff's Office.

- Thomas Lake of the St. Petersburg Times contributed to this report.