Day Care Purse Thief Caught on Surveillance Camera

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

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 11:11 PM CDT
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Police have released surveillance images of a man who tried to use a credit card stolen from a woman while she picking up her child at a Coppell day care.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

Police have released surveillance images of a man who tried to use a credit card stolen from a woman while she picking up her child at a Coppell day care.

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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.

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