UPDATE (3/20/12): An arrest has been made in this case.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who stole a woman’s purse from a Dalton restaurant, only to turn it in at a Family Dollar store claiming that it had been left behind by a customer. In the meantime, $800 cash and a bank debit card were stolen from the purse.
The incident happened around 10:00 am on February 25th at the Hardee’s on Cleveland Highway. The victim was eating at a table with friends when a booth became available and the group moved. When the victim came back to the original table to get her purse, the purse was gone. She asked other customers if they saw what happened, and they told the victim that a woman had just taken it. The victim immediately called police.
While officers were taking her report, the victim got a call from her son. He’d just gotten a call at home from the Family Dollar Store on East Morris Street saying that they had her purse. Employees there told officers that the purse was turned in by a woman who claimed that she’d found it in a shopping cart outside in the parking lot. When the victim checked the bag, she found that everything was still inside it except for $800 in cash and her debit card.
A DPD investigator checked surveillance tapes from both the Hardee’s and the Family Dollar store and determined that the woman who turned it in at the Family Dollar was the same woman who took the purse in the first place. She’s a heavy set white female with brown hair that appeared to be tied back. She wore blue jeans and a tan or beige sweater with three buttons. At Hardee’s, she was with a white male who wore some sort of private security uniform. Surveillance pictures from both stores are included below.
If you have any information on this crime or if you know the identity of the suspect or the man who was with her at Hardee’s, please contact Detective Brandon Carter at 706-278-9085, extension 183.
Below: The female suspect is pictured at both Hardee's and the Family Dollar store (click images to see a larger version)