Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reward Offered for Bad Samaritan at Walmart

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Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the theft of a purse at Walmart in Heath. The Heath Police Department reports on April 9, a victim left the store and accidentally left behind her purse in a shopping cart parked in store entrance way. Moments later, a woman entering the store, took the purse, and left the store.

The purse contained credit cards, cash, and other personal items.

Store security camera footage shows the suspect parking her vehicle, entering the store, picking up the purse, tucking it under her own purse, exiting the store, and handing the purse to someone in her dark colored Jeep Cherokee, parked in the parking lot and leaving. The suspect is described as a female with long dark blonde hair, fairly tall medium-build, and wearing a gray long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888 or 1-888-488-9058. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller but allows for the reward to be issued at a later time.

Suspect entering Walmart in Heath.

Suspect in Walmart in Heath.

Suspect's Vehicle - Jeep Cherokee at bottom.
Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers’ Board. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Licking County Crime Stoppers, Inc., P.O. Box 304, Newark, OH 43058-0304.