Police Want To Identify Man Who Stole 77-Year-Old's Wallet
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police want to identify the man who pretended to help an elderly woman at a Bellevue store, and then stole her wallet.
The 77-year-old woman had her wallet stolen from her purse at a Walgreens in Bellevue at 11 p.m. December 12. She thought someone was trying to help her at the checkout counter.
"She had some large size bags and the suspect in this case under the guise of helping her with her bags was able to take her wallet out of her purse without her knowledge," said Bill Turbeville with the Metro Police Department.
The thief tried to use the victim's card at this ATM, and the machine snapped photographs of the man and his car. The man stayed at the ATM for several minutes allowing the camera to shoot several pictures.
There's also a picture of the car and the license plate, which led police to a vacant apartment in Macon County. Police do not know if the registered owner is connected to the crime.
"The sheriff's department up there checked that for us, so we don't have an address we can go to and find somebody to talk to about that so we'd like their help," Turbeville added.
The following day the thief used the woman's credit cards at Walmart and at Dick's Sporting Goods in West Nashville. He bought more than $700 in goods.
"If somebody knows this person, I'm quite sure based on the photos we have from the surveillance video, that they will easily recognize him," Turbeville said.
Police said the 77-year-old victim, who wished not to be on camera, is disappointed and hurt.
"Obviously she's going to be out some of her time and everything while she gets all of this straightened out, so it's just really disappointing that somebody would take advantage of somebody like that," Turbeville concluded.
Anyone with information about the man in the photo is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Information could be worth up to $1,000 and can be anonymous.