Police Investigate Pickpocketing Case (Photos)

Montgomery County police are investigating a theft of a wallet that occurred in October at a restaurant on Layhill Road. Investigators said they have exhausted leads and are now releasing photographs of the suspect to the public in hopes of getting a tip.

Here’s the police account of what happened:

“On October 20, 4th District officers responded to a call for a theft of a wallet that occurred at the Sol D’ Italia restaurant located in the Layhill Shopping Center (14324 Layhill Road). Investigation revealed that while the victim was at the restaurant, she hung her purse on the back of her chair. At some point, an unknown suspect removed her wallet from her purse. The victim did not realize that her wallet was missing until she returned home.

“In one and a half hours, the suspect fraudulently charged approximately $800 to the victim’s credit cards at CVS stores in Aspen Hill and Rockville.”

Detectives obtained photographs of the suspect from restaurant surveillance and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information about the suspect in the photographs is asked to call 4th District Petty Crimes detectives at 240.773.5476. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1.866.411.TIPS (8477).

To prevent someone from stealing one’s purse in a public setting, police are reminding residents that it is best to have direct contact with their purse (placed on a lap or between feet). If you place your purse somewhere, such as in a shopping cart, you should maintain visual contact of your purse at all times. Also, police said make sure that your purse is fastened shut and pockets are zippered.

Photos | Montgomery County Police Department

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