Chesterfield police need your help identifying wallet thieves

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - They've already spent thousands of dollars with credit cards lifted from stolen wallets. Chesterfield police hope you can recognize the three people in these surveillance pictures and put an end to their crime spree.

A man and two women walk out of a store with a loaded cart. A shopping spree paid for with someone else's credit card.

"They did not ring any bells with me at all," said Martha Graydon, who owns Midlothian Book Exchange.

Graydon won't let her guard down anymore. Not after December 21st, when someone snatched her wallet at her own store.

"It was under here," said Graydon.

Underneath a table near the front counter, where they thought was safe. Graydon was one of two working that day.

"I walked away and my co-worker was downstairs shelving, and next thing I knew I was getting a call from Visa asking me if I had been to Macy's," said Graydon.

Police believe the same people lifted a wallet from a purse left alone in a grocery cart at a Kroger on Midlothian January 18th.

Right after each theft, police said the crooks went on shopping sprees at the Target on Midlothian, the Wawa just down the street and Macy's at Chesterfield Towne Center.

"They managed to spend two grand in an hour and a half. I can't spend two grand in an hour and a half," said Graydon.

The theft changed how Graydon does business.

"We have spent 25 years in the community being very comfortable being able to walk away from the counter," said Graydon.

Not anymore. Disappointing for Graydon, who prides herself on personal customer service.

"We've all been lulled into a sense of security. For the most part readers are smart enough to know if something isn't yours, you leave it alone," said Graydon.

If you recognize the people in the photos, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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