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October 26, 2012

Police ask for help identifying woman

Police try to identify woman linked to $1,004 ATM theft

By Mike LaBella mlabella@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — Police are asking the public to help identify a woman accused of using a stolen debit card to withdraw $1,004 from ATMs.

Investigators have released a bank video surveillance photo of the woman, in which it appears she is making a withdrawal using the stolen debit card, police said.

Police said the victim reported her pocketbook was missing from her car, which was parked outside Latitudes Sports Club, 3 Ferry St., Bradford, on the afternoon of Oct. 15.

This is the second time in a month that Haverhill police have used a photo to ask the public to identify a crime suspect. A store security camera photo appearing in The Eagle-Tribune several days after a Sept. 30 robbery of the CVS near Westgate Plaza led to the arrest of Richard Kennedy, 41, of 10 Varnum St., Apt. 2. Police charged him with armed robbery while masked. Police said they received information from a resident identifying the person in the photo published Oct. 4 in The Eagle-Tribune as Kennedy. The photo shows a man with a scarf over his face. Officers obtained a search warrant based on the information and used it on the morning of Oct. 5 at Kennedy’s home, where they found the gun from the robbery and pills stolen during the crime, police said.

According to a police report, about 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Amesbury woman parked her car in the Latitudes gym parking lot and placed her pocketbook on the floor behind the passenger seat. The woman told Patrolman James Gioia that she covered her pocketbook with a sweatshirt and then went inside the gym. She said she placed her car keys in a basket by the front lobby, which is near the front door to the gym.

The woman told Gioia that after finishing at the gym at 5:30 p.m., she got her keys and drove back to her home in Amesbury, where she discovered her pocketbook containing her driver’s license, $100 cash and her debit card was missing. According to the police report, the woman at first called her work place and was told her pocketbook wasn’t there. She then called her bank and was told a $502 withdrawal was made at a Sovereign Bank in Methuen and $502 was withdrawn from Bank of America in Haverhill. The woman subsequently cancelled her debit card, the report said. Gioia wrote in his report that his inspection of the woman’s car did not show any signs of forced entry. The report did not say whether the woman had locked her car or not.

Police Detective Capt. Alan Ratte said he does not know how the suspect obtained the PIN of the victim’s debit card to make the withdrawals.

“Once we know who she is, then we’ll know how she got the PIN,” Ratte said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Det. Carl Rogers at 978-373-1212, ext. 1557. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.