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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