Report: Suspected thief targets wallets at The Landings, Hospice

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 28, 2014 

Police are searching for a suspected wallet snatcher after several thefts were reported at Moon Road's Columbus Hospice and at several stores in The Landings shopping center, according to a Columbus police report.

A 45-year-old Columbus Hospice employee reported her wallet stolen from her office on May 14, according to the report.

The victim later told the Ledger-Enquirer that her purse was hidden behind her desk. The suspect is accused of entering her office while it was unoccupied and grabbing the wallet.

Within minutes of the first theft, another Hospice employee discovered her wallet missing. Before she was able to cancel her cards, the suspect made $1,500 worth of charges at Walmart, Kmart, Lowe's and Home Depot, the victim told the Ledger-Enquirer.

The second victim also said CB&T employees intercepted a Kmart charge for more than $400 when she went to cancel her cards that afternoon.

Both stolen wallets, one of which contained several credit cards and $20 in cash, were later found ransacked in a company trash can, the victims said.

The suspect's first fraudulent charge at a nearby CVS helped police match store surveillance footage to video captured at Columbus Hospice. Employees at The Landing's Lizard Thicket captured surveillance footage of a similar suspect the following week after an employee reported her wallet stolen from the store.

Similar wallet snatchings have also been reported at Kinnucan's in The Landings.

Anyone with more information should contact Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

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