Jeff Smith 9:05 a.m., Jan. 24
Credit Card Thief On The Loose in North County
San Diego Sheriff's Deputies are offering a $1,000 reward for help identifying a woman suspected of pick-pocketing older-female shoppers and using the stolen credit cards at retail stores and for cash advances.
The first incident occurred on June 2 at a CVS Pharmacy in San Marcos. A middle aged, black female approached a 81-year old shopper asking for information on some products. Once at the cash register, the woman noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse. Later the stolen credit cards were used to purchase $2,400 worth of merchandise at Costco, Staples, and Rite Aid. That same day a $1,000 cash advance was also made on one of the cards.
The very next day in San Diego, the female suspect struck again. This time she targeted a 65-year-old shopper at the Windmill Farms. The suspect distracted the lady, taking her wallet as she asked questions. Credit cards inside the victim's wallet were then used to purchase $500 items at Office Depot in La Mesa, and used to withdrawal $2,000 from a nearby Chase Bank.
Sheriff's Deputies say the same suspect ripped off a 85-year-old woman, using a female accomplice, at a Ralph's Grocery Store in La Mesa one month later. That day, the suspect obtained a $3,000 cash advance from a Citibank branch in La Mesa.
Deputies describe the woman as a "heavy-set" 50-55 years old black female, 5’3”-5’6’ tall, with shoulder length graying hair. "The suspect has been described as having four larger front teeth with gaps between each tooth."
San Diego County Crime Stoppers and Sheriff investigators ask that anyone with information on the purse-pocketer to contact (888) 580-8477 or visit their website.
photo taken from SD Crime Stoppers