Gwinnett County police are searching for a woman they believe stole Publix shoppers' wallets and used victims' credit cards to spend nearly $2,000 at nearby Walgreens stores.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Cops: Thief takes wallets from Gwinnett Publix shoppers, uses cards

Gwinnett County police are trying to identify a suspect they believe took multiple Publix shoppers’ wallets and then spent nearly $2,000 on the victims’ cards.

The first theft occurred Aug. 5 at the Publix on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. The suspect took a victim’s wallet while the victim was shopping and used the victim’s credit card in an attempt to buy $200 in gift cards from a nearby Walgreens. The charges at Walgreens were no successful, according to police.

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The second theft occurred on Aug. 6 at the Publix on Holcomb Bridge Road in Peachtree Corners. The suspect took a wallet from a shopper’s purse and then used the victim’s credit card to buy $1,700 in gift cards from Walgreens locations on Peachtree Parkway, Sugarloaf Parkway and Buford Highway, police said.

The suspect was described as a woman with short hair and wore a black jacket, black pants and orange shoes during both alleged thefts. She is believed to be driving a dark-colored Chevrolet HHR and may have an out-of-state license plate. The car’s passenger side brake light is also out, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Crime Stoppers tips may be rewarded with up to $2,000 if they lead to an arrest or indictment.

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Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas requested crime stats from police departments and found law enforcement officers responded to calls for service at Walmart store across Gwinnett more than 3,000 times in the past 12 months.

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