Police Say Woman Shopped at Target With Credit Cards Stolen from Diners in Local Restaurants
Surveillance photos of suspect are released
Photos of a suspect using a card that was stolen at La Madeleine (right) and after using a card stolen from Panera (left).
A woman used credit cards that were stolen from other women dining at restaurants in Bethesda and Rockville to buy items at Target and shop in other stores, Montgomery County police said.
In two June incidents, credit cards were stolen from the purses of women as they ate, according to a police press release. One woman was eating lunch at La Madeleine in downtown Bethesda on June 5 when she noticed her wallet was missing from her purse, while another discovered three credit cards were stolen during dinner at a Panera at 1780 East Jefferson St. in Rockville.
Police have released a surveillance photo of a woman who used credit cards stolen in both restaurants. The woman attempted to use the credit cards stolen at La Madeleine to buy items at a Target store on 5700 Bou Ave. in Rockville. She also tried using three credit cards, one successfully, that were stolen at Panera to buy items at another Target in the Milestone Center in Germantown.
She also attempted unsuccessfully to use a card stolen in the second incident at a Walmart in the same Germantown shopping center, according to police. Police did not comment whether they believe she stole the cards or had obtained them after they were stolen.
People with information about the suspect can call police at 240-7730-6070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-8477 for the possibility of up to a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
This is the second series of credit card thefts that police have publicized in the past week. On Friday, police released surveillance photos of a man who had used credit cards stolen from purses in local classrooms. Similar incidents occurred at nine schools in the area during May and June.
Police advised that people keep their purses and wallets close to their bodies and in sight at all times.