Cops: serial thieves stole wallet from woman’s purse at Cobb Kroger

Previous Cobb County Jail booking photos of Keith Kenneth Stone, left, and Darryl Wayne Tolbert.

Previous Cobb County Jail booking photos of Keith Kenneth Stone, left, and Darryl Wayne Tolbert.

Two men who have pleaded guilty for taking credit cards from victims over the past decade are now wanted in connection to the theft of a shopper’s wallet at a Cobb County Kroger.

An elderly shopper had her wallet stolen April 17 at Kroger at 2100 Roswell Road in Marietta, according to an arrest warrant issued for Darryl Wayne Tolbert and Keith Kenneth Stone.

Both men are charged with one count each of theft by taking, exploiting an disabled or elderly person and financial transaction card fraud and two counts of financial transaction card theft after lifting the woman’s wallet from her purse.

According to arrest warrants, Tolbert was captured on camera distracting the woman while Stone snatched the wallet. The woman’s wallet contained her Regions Bank and Target credit cards, her driver’s license and $150 in cash.

The warrant also alleged the men used the Regions Bank credit card at a Wells Fargo ATM located inside QuikTrip at 3110 Roswell Road. They were also captured on surveillance cameras trying to withdraw about $300 from the victim’s account, the warrant adds.

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This isn’t Stone and Tolbert’s first time committing these crimes. They have been arrested and charged for carrying out a similar plan five years earlier. On Jan 25, 2014, Tolbert distracted a woman by striking up a conversation with her while Stone stole the woman’s purse at Sam’s Club at 150 Cobb Parkway South, an arrest warrant states.

Two months later on March 22, 2014, the pair allegedly returned to Sam’s Club for the same operation. Tolbert distracted another woman while Stone allegedly grabbed her Apple iPhone from her purse, an arrest warrant for that incident charges. They are also accused of removing a wallet from a woman’s purse as she perused the produce department on the same day, another warrant states. That wallet was found on the passenger side floor of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which was registered to Stone and occupied by the two men.

An arrest warrant issued in 2008 alleged they also stole several credit cards from two shoppers and tried to use the cards at various stores around Cobb County.

Both men entered guilty pleas and received sentences over the years for those crimes. Jail records show they have not been booked into the Cobb County Jail on the most recent charges.

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