Phones, credit cards stolen downtown by woman still at large

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Aug 08, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police Department officers are looking for a woman who targeted male victims and stole their credit card information from either their phones or wallets.

The incidents happened between April and July 13.

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Police said the suspect — Teresa Lynn King — has allegedly taken the victim's phones, wallets with cash inside them or credit cards.

Pat Thurmond, a self defense trainer with 365 Self Defense, says both women and men can lack basic situational awareness skills.

"The men are the ones who are the most appreciative of defense training, because they always think they have it all covered," Thurmond said. "They can feel great about how that conversation's going, and then they let their guard down."

"You have to think beyond that conversation and what might be the actual real reason for it," Thurmond said.

Thurmond says it's part of a larger mentality, a different way of thinking about your surroundings — for a larger distance than you might think.

"When it comes to situational awareness, your personal space needs to be 21 feet," Thurmond said. "Thinking about, 'do I run, hide, fight? What do I need to be doing?'"

Anyone who has seen King or knows her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.