Tips Come In To Police About Well-Dressed Criminals

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Lexington police are looking for some well dressed criminals who are ripping off women in Lexington.

Police says several women report their wallets being stolen from their purses as they shopped at stores around the city.

Police say since they released pictures of the pair, they've gotten several tips.

The crimes date back to October of last year with at least six victims coming forward to police. Many victims report not knowing their wallets had been taken until their credit cards were later used at local stores.

Surveillance video shows a woman with reddish hair using some of those cards to buy high value items. Police say she was seen on surveillance video with a well dressed black man who was wearing glasses. The suspects have been observed on surveillance video driving a newer model black Jaguar.

Police believe the man and woman are working together and say shoppers should pay extra attention to their purses when they head to the stores.

If you have information, contact the Property Crimes Section at (859) 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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  • by Michael Location: Goldstein on Mar 18, 2008 at 02:02 AM
    Gee, do the media not want photos of an unstable, criminal black man and white woman interracial couple floating around? Why not put photos of the black male right next to photos of the white woman thief? Hmmm...??
  • by Joanne Location: Smith on Mar 18, 2008 at 01:59 AM
    Where are the photos of the black criminal man? Do the media not want the public seeing an unfavorable picture of criminal interracial couple?
  • by Student Location: University of Kentucky on Mar 2, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    Sherry, on the back of my card I have, "SEE I.D." A retailer (i.e. Walmart) shouldn't allow the use of the card without checking. The card says it is not valid unless signed, but with this saying, the store would be held liable if someone uses it in the store. I do not know how this would work with places such as gas stations where they do not take possession of your card when you swipe at the pump or the self-scan stations, but at other retailers, it would be on the retailer.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    looks like some one would know them.
  • by johnny Location: ky on Mar 2, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    in the picturs i dont see the woman taking nothing out of the store just walking out of the store with nothing in her hands.i am not saying she didnt do it.just wondern where all the stuff is that she bought.but i hope they catch her.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Mar 1, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    As I posted on Miranda Comb's crime blog, this story shows that people judge/discriminate on a daily basis. If these were black teenagers standing too close to them, they would be scared to death "expecting" that something bad was going to happen, but because they were white and well-dressed, we as a society don't think twice about them. We have a preconceived notion that criminals are dirty, poorly dressed, black, latino, etc...and it's not true and has never been true. What someone wears says NOTHING about them, although the media and clothing stores would have you believe differently. I could walk into a fancy restaurant with 1,000 bucks in my pocket and wearing a t-shirt and torn jeans and they wouldn't even talk to me...but walk into the same place in a suit and tie and no money in your pocket and you're treated like gold and can then walk away without paying...and they act so surprised! Wake up people, treat everyone with respect and don't judge because of what they look like
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Feb 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    If you look at the second picture blown up, it kind of looks like a mannequin..LOL!
  • by Sherry Location: Lexington on Feb 29, 2008 at 09:52 AM
    Well, hopefully this is making stores more aware because last night at Wal-mart I used my MasterCard debit card, which I scanned and put back in my purse. A few minutes later the cashier asked if I had signed the back of my card. (He never touched or even looked at my card so I am guessing something popped up to make him aware of this). After telling him I had not signed my card, he asked for my license. I have always used this (non-signed) card and no one has ever asked for another form of I.D. I still do not plan on signing the back of it because of incidents like this...if someone happened to steal my card or I lost it and it was signed they could most likely use it and never be asked for another form of I.D. Good lesson learned for everyone and I am so glad to know that the stores, (or at least Wal-mart), is looking out for us consumers!
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Feb 29, 2008 at 02:03 AM
    Why not do a search of Black Jaguar's owned by an African-American male? better yet I like what Lisa/Lexington said. Check past records of counterfeiters. Why not check other records of two people fitting their descriptions? Just an idea
  • by Average Joe Location: In A Van, Down by the RIVER!! on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    Please explain how someone uses a stolen credit card? If its reported stolen shouldnt it be deactivated and when the perp tries to use it, it would show that the card is stolen? It should also been a red flag when someone buys 2 flat panel tvs. How many people you see buy 2 at one time? Also, with todays technology, shouldnt security camera take better pictures?
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