Police need help identifying suspected purse snatcher

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 1:37am
Staff reports
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Police need help identifying this woman who allegedly used stolen information to obtain cash at SunTrust Bank.

Metro Police detectives are working to identify the woman believed to have stolen a purse from an unlocked car parked outside Franklin Road Academy on Dec. 17.

The victim told police she left her purse in her vehicle when she went inside the school to pick up her children at 11:35 a.m. and did not immediately notice her purse was missing.

Police have identified a suspect who was captured on video surveillance 45 minutes later using the victim’s personal information to obtain money from SunTrust Bank’s 2503 Lebanon Pike branch.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged white woman with long blonde hair and bangs, police said. She is approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. She was wearing an orange collared shirt and eyeglasses when she visited SunTrust Bank.

Police say detectives are also investigating whether the suspect has committed similar crimes in the Middle Tennessee area.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to contact West Precinct detectives at 862-7285 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

6 Comments on this post:

By: robertmack on 12/29/09 at 8:41

If she was on the Franklin Road Academy property, she probably could be recognized by people at the academy. Did she have children there? Has she been there before for other purposes? I imagine she will be found real soon.

By: TITAN1 on 12/29/09 at 10:09

Now THAT is a quality picture! Someone should be able to identify her.

By: bfra on 12/29/09 at 11:05

A picture of the one dumb enough to leave her purse in an unlocked car should also be included!

By: sidneyames on 12/29/09 at 2:28

that woman looks like a soccer mom, or a city council member somewwhere. hope they catch her.

By: B.A.HATER on 12/29/09 at 2:56

The guilty one here should be the woman who left her purse in the unlocked vehicle! Gs

By: richgoose on 12/29/09 at 4:09

There are people on this board blaming a woman who had her purse stolen at Franklin Road Academy. FRA is a beacon of trust. This is supposedly sacred ground for those of substance. My comment is a plaudit to the perp. She certainly knew where the money was and obviously the easy pickings.

I remember the famous bank robber Willie Sutton being questioned as to why he robbed banks. His reply, "That is where the money is"