Senior citizen chases thieves who stole her wallet

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police say a couple posing as employees of Sam's Club tricked a senior citizen and stole her wallet.

Carol Kelley said that a well-dressed man and woman walked up to her last Friday as she was leaving the store at Tanger Outlet.

"They said as a courtesy, the store for the holidays, we're helping people put things in their cars, so we're going to help you because these are so heavy," Kelley said.

Kelley accepted their offer, but would soon find out the couple were actually crooks.

"I walked around my car to get in and I thought, why would anybody put dog food on top of my purse and I lifted it up. I saw my purse was unzipped and my billfold was gone, and I started yelling," she said.

The 79-year-old woman chased the thieves to try to get her wallet back.

"You bet. I was mad and I'm still mad. They're not nice," Kelley said.

The thieves got away with her wallet.

Officers looked at surveillance videos from the parking lot, but couldn't see the suspects on the tape.

Kelley is still shaken by what happened.

"You feel invaded, then you feel sort of stupid, like how can this happen to me," she said. "They just looked like anybody walking out of your church saying hello to you."

For the feisty senior, it's a lesson learned.

"They need to be stopped before they hurt somebody or keep working these areas and to do this to other people it's not alright," Kelley said. "It needs to be stopped."

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