EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 2, 2013

Suspects sought in wallet theft


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM — Police are looking for information about two suspects in the theft of a wallet and credit cards in late August.

On Aug. 22, a woman told Salem police her wallet had been stolen while she was in the food court at the Rockingham Park Mall on Aug. 15. The victim initially believed her wallet had fallenl out of her child’s stroller and was lost.

But when numerous charges started showing up on her debit/credit card accounts, the woman realized she was the victim of a theft.

Three of the unauthorized charges occurred in Salem. One fraudulent charge was at the Salem Burger King, another at a Gulf gas station and the third at Wal-Mart. Other fraudulent charges occurred in Hudson and Lowell.

The Salem charges were for less than $50. The largest fraudulent purchase occurred in Hudson, where a $1,400 television purchase was completed at Wal-Mart.

Salem officers received a photograph of the suspects from Hudson detectives. The suspects, a man and a woman, were seen driving a blue Toyota Prius with an unknown registration.

The Salem Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the two individuals in the photographs. Anyone who can identify either or both suspects is asked to report it to Crimeline of Southern N.H. Callers could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000. All tips remain anonymous. Call Crimeline of Southern N.H. at 893-6600 or (800) 498-4040 or go online to crimelinesnh.com.

Calls are completely anonymous and callers will be issued a secret Crimeline number, known only to them and Crimeline. The Crimeline phone lines do not have caller ID.

If a tip results in a conviction, the caller who provided the tip will be awarded a $1,000 cash reward at a location of their choosing. Callers do not have to interface with the police or testify. However, if the tipster chooses to testify, the reward increases to $2,000.