Police arrest woman who allegedly stole multiple wallets

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:20am
Staff reports
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Patricia L. Hancock 

Metro police Thursday morning arrested an alleged serial thief suspected of stealing wallets and credit cards from female shoppers on multiple occasions.

Patricia L. Hancock, 47, allegedly stole from women shopping at Charlotte Pike Wal-Mart and Target stores on Dec. 2, 16 and Jan. 5. Police arrested her at 5:45 a.m. at her Elmhurst Avenue home.

Police charged Hancock with four counts of theft and two counts of fraudulent credit card use. She is being held on $45,000 bond. Police expect to make additional charges.

In the Wal-Mart cases, police said surveillance video shows Hancock using stolen credit cards to buy $265 in gift cards from a Mapco convenience store.

Hancock is under investigation in similar theft cases.

Police have asked citizens who had their wallets or personal property stolen while shopping in stores in the area since Dec. 1, but who didn’t notify police, to call West Precinct Investigations at 862-7385.

According to police, Hancock has multiple convictions for identity theft, theft and forgery, and received a five-year sentence for identity theft in 2007.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Siobhanne on 1/31/11 at 11:21

This woman often targets elderly women in grocery stores. She was caught doing the same thing in the Dickerson Rd area. at a H.G. Hill store. A local senior retirement home would transport ladies to the store once a week to purchase their groceries. Most of her elderly victims were unaware that they were pickpocketed until they got to the checkout and no wallet. They didn't remember anything. This woman got caught when she got greedy... and picked a younger victim who caught her red handed , raised a ruckus and fought back and bit her. When the police arrived, this woman had 5 wallets on her. What happened after that, I do not know. I can clearly see that absolutely nothing has changed. She just moved her scam to a different side of town. She will probably hit up Hermitage and Antioch next. She is short, stocky built and changes her hairstyle often. She is in stores frequently enough that store personnel think of her as a regular customer. She does not stand out. Sometimes she would make a small purchase but never anything big.