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Can You Help Identify These Theft Suspects?

Caledonia police are asking for the public's help identifying the suspects in these photos because they stole a woman's purse and used her credit cards.

Caledonia police are asking for the public's help identifying the theft suspects in the attached photos.

On Aug. 20, officers were called at 5:15 p.m. to the Pick-n-Save, 5111 Douglas Ave., for a report of a purse stolen out of a vehicle in the parking lot. The suspect(s) broke the front passenger side window to gain entrance to the car.

The woman who owns the car told police that she was inside the store for about 45 minutes and had left her purse on the floor of the passenger side. Inside were a number of credit cards, check books, and the woman's social security card, according to police reports.

Activity on the credit cards did not start rolling in until the woman returned home after reporting the incident to police. By then, the thieves had visited a Walmart in West Milwaukee and charged almost $1,000 worth of merchandise and a transaction was also recorded at an Amoco gas station, police reports read.

Police say they advised the woman to write down her credit card numbers along with any transactions recorded after her purse was taken, including where the incidents occurred, date and time and any purchase information. 

Since then, the woman has supplied Caledonia investigators with a spread sheet detailing all the transaction information she was able to obtain from her credit card companies; some $13,000 in attempted charges and over $3,000 in approved purchases, she told Patch.

Many of the incidents are recorded at Boston Store, Macy's, and Walmart at or near Mayfair Mall, the woman added.

Caledonia detectives say each transaction - whether approved or declined - is a felony charge of identity theft. If the suspect(s) signed for a purchase, that's felony fraud, too, on top of the original charges for stealing the purse out of the woman's car.

Anyone with information about these crimes can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (262)636-9330, via email through the website www.racine.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing in RACS with your text message. Tips leading to arrest could mean a reward.
Eve Thielen September 20, 2013 at 02:10 PM
$500 Reward to Whoever Can Identify one or all of these pieces of waste product or lead the police to this vehicle. I am the woman who fell victim to these scum bags. Please look at the pictures, watch for this unique vehicle and lets get these low life bastards! Eve Thielen
me September 20, 2013 at 02:42 PM
They are negro
Ed Holladay September 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
"me" had his last comment: "their black" deleted. Was that because it was grammatically incorrect or racially insensitive? At least he wrote it "they are..." this time. Good luck Eve. If I knew them I would turn them in, and you could keep the reward. It is a real shame people do these things.
JW September 20, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Sorry to hear what happened to you Eve. I hope they are caught, and I suspect they will be given the pictures. It is sickening when people purposely cause harm to others or their property for their own gain. What a sad and negative way to live.
Janette Mims September 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I hope the pictures will make someone do the right thing, and turn them in. The pictures obviously show they are People of Color (so am I). Let's not make that the issue..Let's work together as community and take a stand on letting people take and get away with it..

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