Sarpy County Crime Stoppers
A credit card thief is caught on camera after the victim accidentally left her purse on a Walmart shelf.
Inside the Bellevue Walmart surveillance video shoes the suspect. It’s a woman wearing a gray sweat-suit using the self-checkout, but she isn’t checking out with her own money, she swipe a stolen credit card.
Police believe she took the card from Latoshia Odom’s purse just minutes before. “I was with my 15 month old son and dealing with him. I was side-tracked and put my purse down. I realized it and within minutes I went back to look in the area and it was gone,” said Odom.
An employee found the purse and took it to customer service, but already Odom’s wallet and phone had been stolen. “I felt so violated I mean my credit card, my ID's, but what really hurt was the pictures on my cell phone, all of the memories of my son."
The first charge was for around $40 dollars. Then the woman used it again at another counter to purchase a $100 dollar gift card. Afterward the camera caught her leaving with a child in her cart. “It was shocking that someone with a child would do that,” said Odom.
The woman went on to try and use the card at a nearby gas station, but Odom had called her credit card company and those charges were declined. Now police hope someone will recognize the woman who left in a green SUV and call them.
“It’s going to be two charges against her, one for the theft and one for the unauthorized use of the credit card,” said Detective Fran Gallo with Bellevue Police.
Walmart tells Channel 6 that they use a computer system connected to the credit card companies. The system randomly selects customers for employees to ask to see their ID.
Walmart says they are working with police to try and find the suspect.
If you have any information about the suspect call Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP.