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Day Care Purse Thief Caught on Surveillance Camera

Store surveillance video shows man who tried to use mother's stolen credit card



    (Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012)

    Coppell police are asking for help identifying a thief targeting day care parking lots.

    In the most recent case, the thief stole the purse of an unsuspecting mother Dec. 12 at a Montessori School in Coppell. Investigators said the thief stole her purse from her car during the few minutes she was inside picking up her child.

    Surveillance video from a Lewisville Target shows a man trying to buy $2,000 worth of gift cards with the victim's credit card.

    "He's very well-dressed -- has a cardigan sweater on and looks like he would blend in with everyone else," Detective Anthony Maurer said. "He doesn't look like a bad guy."

    The man left when a manager asked to see his identification.

    "I think he has probably struck many times since this time," Maurer said. "It's probably something he does on a daily basis."

    The crook left the Coppell day care on Dec. 12 in a newer model, burgundy Dodge double-cab pickup with no license plates and headed to a Target in Plano.