Dallas Police: "Office Creeper" Later Used Child as Cover

Police are asking for public's help identifying thief

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    Dallas police said an "office creeper" dressed as a college student later used a child to divert attention from himself while he used a stolen credit card.

    The thief posed as college student -- complete with a backpack, books and earbuds -- when he stole a woman's wallet from her unattended purse at West Coast University on Stemmons Freeway.

    Police Say Thief Used Child as Cover

    [DFW] Police Say Thief Used Child as Cover
    Police are asking for the public's help identifying an "office creeper" who also used a child to divert attention from himself. (Published Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012)

    "He looks the part of a student, and he wanders the halls looking for empty offices and cubicles with property," Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse said.

    But police said they find it more disturbing that he had a child with him when he used the victim's credit card.

    Surveillance Video of "Office Creeper"

    [DFW] Surveillance Camera Shows "Office Creeper"
    Surveillance footage shows a wallet thief wandering through West Coast University in Dallas. (Published Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012)

    Surveillance video shows him buying movie tickets at NorthPark Center. Minutes later, he swiped a stolen credit card at an AT&T store.

    Investigators said they believe he uses the child to divert attention from himself. Surveillance video shows the child playing ball with one of the AT&T clerks while the man makes his purchase.

    The man spent $2,000 in two hours, the victim said.

    On Thursday police released surveillance video that shows the man stealing the wallet from a dean's office at the Dallas nursing school on Dec. 20.

    Investigators said they believe the man is a pro.

    "He didn't take the entire purse where she would notice it was gone," Janse said. "He just took one item and, unfortunately, it was the credit cards."

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Dallas police detectives at 214-670-6233.