Report: Woman asking for help at grocery store, steals customer's wallet

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they believe a woman who was asking for help at a grocery store stole the wallet of a customer who was assisting her, and used a credit card to go on a shopping spree in Summerville.

Authorities say the incident happened on the morning of Dec. 16 at the Bilo on 1625 North Main St.

The 52-year-old victim said she was shopping at the grocery store when a woman came up to her. Police say the woman told the victim that her sister was sick and asked her if she knew of a tea that would help her sister sleep at night.

The victim said she then began to help the woman by checking boxes of tea.

According to the sheriff's office, the victim believes the woman stole her wallet at that time, since her back was towards the woman and her purse was open with her wallet near the top.

The victim said she realized her wallet was gone when she got to the counter to pay for her groceries.

The victim told investigators she later discovered that her daughter's credit card, which was in her wallet, had been used at the Target and Best Buy stores in Summerville.

According to authorities, the suspect used the credit card to purchase nearly $150 worth of merchandise at Target, and was used to buy more than $500 worth of merchandise from Best Buy.

If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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