Police: Fraud Suspects Target Purses Left in Cars

Danville, VA - The Danville Police Department is asking for help identifying a woman suspected of check fraud. According to police, on May 19th two separate thefts took place in Burlington, North Carolina and Reidsville, North Carolina. In each case, a purse and its contents, including a woman's identification and personal checks, were stolen out of a parked vehicle. A check from one of the stolen purses was made payable to the victim of the other theft. The suspect, while posing as the payee of the check, went to a branch of the bank, holding the checking account. To help the bank cash the check, a small amount was deposited into the victim's account before leaving the bank with the majority of the check amount in cash. The process was reversed and repeated with a check being made out to the other theft victim resulting in a combined theft of approximately $5,000. According to police, the suspects in this case seem to be working regionally. In addition to North Carolina, thefts and passes have occurred between Danville, Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia. The suspects have targeted vehicles at tennis courts, golf courses, gyms, and parks; places where women are more likely to leave their purse behind in a vehicle. The vehicle in the surveillance photo is possibly a newer model silver Nissan with temporary tags. Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Danville Crimestoppers at (434) 793-0000, or via our crime tips line on your computer at . Information given will remain confidential. Citizens who contact Crimestoppers by telephone may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.