Teacher's Purses Targeted in Classrooms While at Recess

February 2, 2012

Over the past few weeks, a thief has been stealing credit/debit cards from pushes while teachers are out of their classrooms at recess.

On three different occasions, the suspect has walked onto school campuses in Mesa. The suspect will target a classroom when the teacher is out and locate purses and wallets often left under their desks. The male suspect takes only the credit and debit cards from the purses and then uses them a short time later at a nearby business. On two of the incidents, the suspect was actually contacted by a teacher on campus asking why he was there. The suspect would make an excuse about looking for his child or the office. When directed to the office, he would act as though he was going to the office and then leave the school.

The suspect has been captured on surveillance cameras several times using the stolen credit cards. The Mesa Police Deaprtment is seeking the public's assistance in the identification and location of the suspect. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Suspect is described as a white male, late 30s to 40s

6'04" to 6'06" tall

230-240 lbs.

Blonde hair, balding in front

Red and/or black Titleist ball cap

Black sunglasses

Black and/or white short-sleeved pullover


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Mesa, AZ 85211

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