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UPDATE: SCV women warned of blond scammer

Perpetrator steals wallets from purses and uses IDs to heist cash, jewelry

Posted: January 17, 2013 12:19 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:32 p.m.

On Saturday, the woman pictured above allegedly used several victims' credit cards and driver licenses to purchase expensive jewelry from various stores and to obtain cash at banks.

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Local detectives are looking for a blond woman who drives a Cadillac SUV and stalks other women at grocery stores, steals their wallets and uses their IDs to obtain cash or expensive jewelry, sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies released a photo of the woman Thursday, warning that the woman steals from others with similar build and features so she can impersonate the victims.

“It appears this female suspect has people helping her,” said Deputy Josh Dubin shortly after issuing a public warning about the woman’s crimes.

“The women who are targeted look similar to her,” he said. “Then the female suspect — once she has the wallet — holds up a real photo ID such as the victim’s driver’s license and says, ‘Hi, I’m this person.’”

The woman then falsely obtains merchandise using the stolen identification, including expensive jewelry, he said.

On Saturday, local deputies responded to three separate incidents regarding female victims reporting their wallets stolen, Dubin said.

All three female victims stated they had their wallets removed from their purses while shopping at various grocery stores in the Santa Clarita Valley area, he said.

Following the theft of the wallets, the suspect used the victims’ credit cards to obtain cash advances at various banks and to purchase expensive jewelry.

Detectives discovered a female driving a silver Cadillac SUV with paper license plates entered various locations posing as the victims and used their driver licenses and credit cards to obtain cash and jewelry, said Dubin.

At least two of the victims may have been targeted because of their similar physical description to the female suspect, he said.

Detectives believe the woman is working with a male accomplice.

On Saturday evening, the impersonator and her male passenger met with a third person at a Santa Clarita Valley-area gas station. That person was driving a black four-door vehicle, Dubin said.

Gasoline was purchased for both vehicles using one of the stolen credit cards, he said.

Detectives believe the suspects may be responsible for similar crimes in other areas.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call Detective Jones at 661-255-1121 or at J3Jones@lasd.org.

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