Police: Women Spent $4,800 On Cards Stolen From School

Police say thieves who stole wallets from two classrooms at Richlands Primary School went on a $4,800 shopping spree in 90 minutes before the credit cards were reported stolen.

Click the Photos tab above to see surveillance photos release by police.

Richlands police say a woman came to Richlands Primary School on Friday around 12:45 p.m. She went into the front office and asked to use the restroom. Someone pointed her in the direction of the restroom, and she went in that direction, without signing in. Police say visitors are typically required to sign and get a visitor's pass.

Police say the woman then stole wallets from two different classrooms at the school.

The stolen credit cards were used several times immediately following the theft. Police say the cards were used at Best Buy, Marshalls, Lowes, Shoe Carnival, Staples and two Walmart locations.

Police say the first transaction using the stolen card was recorded at 2:29 p.m. Friday. The last transaction took place at 3:56 p.m. Friday. At that time, the credit card companies invalidated the stolen cards so they could no longer be used.

The majority of the $4,800 spent was on American Express pre-paid credit cards, police said. Cards like those are attractive to thieves since they can be used without any identification, just like a gift card.

At Best Buy, the stolen credit cards were used to purchase an X-Box and a telephone. At one Walmart, the cards were used to buy two 32-inch HD televisions. The cards were also used to buy infant and toddler clothing at Marshalls, with police noting that one of the thieves caught on surveillance camera is pregnant.

Police released surveillance pictures that show three women they are connected to the crime. The woman wearing pink is the one police say actually stole the wallets from Richlands Primary. The woman in red and black is the pregnant one that police say accompanied the woman in pink on each transaction with the stolen cards.

A third suspect shown carrying shopping bags is also believed to be involved with the crime.


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  • by Im just sayin on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    Dumb Dumber Dumbest
  • by neigh Location: Eastern NC on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    I'm out everyday working hard to make a pretty good living and here is someone that is stealing and free-loading off of others!!!! Punishment needs to be tougher on people, maybe people would stop and think and make better choices!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    Sad Sad people. I hope and pray they will turn themselves in. God help them.
  • by nightrain Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    That's nothing. My ex-gf had an 8yo child at Green County Elementary. Woman walked into the school, told the admin. asst. there was an accident in the drop-off lane and walked out of there with the child's home address and phone number.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Now that`s some high-speed shopping right there!
  • by jeff Location: winterville on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    The retailers aren't doing their job. They should be matching the signatures on the card and receipt and/or check ID.
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      by meredith on Apr 13, 2011 at 08:29 AM in reply to jeff
      For real.
  • by give em some time Location: j'ville on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    People move a little slow around Richlands. Kinda like the FL keys use to be. With the cameras and pics of them hauling away their stolen goods, they won't get too far. If they do, thay can just be hauled back here. Onslow County has a fancy and expensive new jail with lots of room. Can't wait to see them get checked in.
  • by Disappointed Location: NC on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    It's really sad to see things like this happen and what's even more sad is that people not only bring irrelevant matters and opinions to these posts and along with that their poor use of grammar..lol...
  • by Mona Lisa Location: Winterville, NC on Apr 12, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    This incident do not have anything to do with the voters in the United States. What about all of the crimes that have happened before the election of President Obama? Let's think!!!!
  • by Al Bundy Location: Greene Co on Apr 12, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Who cares who she voted for ! She is a thief among thieves and she should hold her head down low. I hope she gets what is coming to her. Who she voted for makes no difference but I can tell you this : it is a trend that is on the increase due to a busted government who will not look out for the people they want to fight over their pet projects and not what matters the most . The people of the EX United STATES! I wish we could have a succession all over again and kick all them morons out!
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