Thursday, October 3, 2013

Distracted for a Moment

Who would think that a conversation about cakes would end up with over $3000 in credit card charges?  Most wouldn’t think so, but this call takes the cake. 

On September 22, 2013 around 3:00 pm a shopper at a local grocery store in Overland Park was approached by two black females.  The females struck up a friendly conversation with her about cakes and then left.  A short time later when the shopper attempted to pay for her groceries she found her wallet missing from her purse.  It didn’t take long to find out that while she was distracted by that conversation about cakes a third female removed her wallet from her purse. 

This is where it becomes a headache for our shopper.  Within a very short amount of time her credit cards were used to purchase over $3000 in gift cards from other retail establishments.

Overland Park police were called to investigate.  The investigating officer was able to review video from both the grocery store and the other retail business.  It turns out the same females that were seen talking with the shopper were seen using her credit cards. 

Video surveillance can be a great tool, especially when the photos are good.  In this case we’ve got decent photos, but we need your help.  See if you recognize any of the females shown in the photos below. 

Female One was a black female who appeared to be in her 20’s, heavy set, with shoulder length hair.  She is wearing a long sleeve gray shirt and tight black pants.

Female Two was a black female who appeared to be in her 20’s, heavy set, with shoulder length hair.  She is wearing a full length pink and purple dress and a blue jean jacket.

Female Three was also a black female who appeared to be in her 20’s, heavy set, with long hair.  She is wearing a white t-shirt, athletic shorts, carried a black purse and wore glasses. 

And one more thing, it turns out these three aren’t new to this.  The Olathe Police Department is working a very similar case with three females that have a very similar description. 

Anyone with information on the identity of these people is asked to call the Overland Park Police Departments Investigation Division at 913-344-8750.