Female theft suspects captured in another security video
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR Crimebeat reporter - bio | email
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. -
Police in three central Indiana cities are looking for two women caught on camera, stealing from purses at area office buildings.
The female suspects go into businesses looking for credit cards to steal. They then take the cards on shopping sprees.
New security video shows the women wandering around a retirement home. Investigators believe they were looking for purses left unattended. The women went unnoticed inside the Hoosier Village Retirement Center in Zionsville until an employee confronted them.
"I am on high alert right now, you might say," said a victim of the crime spree, who did not want to be identified.
The woman is warning people about what happened when she crossed paths with the same two women inside Kiwanis International on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
"I didn't recognize them as employees and they didn't look like they necessarily belonged in our building," she said. "And then when I went to get my wallet and discovered I had missing credit cards and my driver's license, I felt very violated."
The women are also suspects in thefts at an office building on West 96th Street in Zionsville.
Their crime spree first came to light after Eyewitness News broadcast surveillance video from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society office last Thursday. That's when theft victim Beth Huffman realized her credit cards were missing. Huffman says one of the women even pretended to be a cancer patient needing a wig.
With new video of the suspects emerging, the latest victim is warning everyone to report all strangers in their office.
"Just really follow your gut instinct," she said.
Carmel police are also interested in tracking down the two women, along with Zionsville and IMPD detectives. All three police departments are warning people to work in office buildings to be on the lookout.
The women may be working with a man acting as their driver. Some of the victims reported seeing a silver Hyundai Elantra. Anyone with information about their crime spree can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.