Suspect sought in checkbook thefts

July 2, 2009 (AURORA, Ill.) On three occasions, a woman stole from the victims while they were shopping in stores and cashed several of the checks. Bank surveillance caught the suspected thief at one bank.

The suspect appears to be about 5'3" and weigh 125 pounds.

In one incident, a 68-year-old North Aurora woman was robbed in a grocery store May 13. The thief distracted the woman by asking her to reach for something on a shelf. Less than an hour later, the victim discovered her checkbook missing and a check cashed.

Later the same day, another woman's wallet was stolen and a check cashed at a bank in the 6600-block of Route 34, where the surveillance photo was taken.

On June 23, a 79-year-old woman noticed her checkbook missing after shopping at a home improvement store in Oswego. The suspect cashed two checks later the same day.

The total loss in the three incidents is about $3,500. In each case, the suspect used a stolen I.D. to retrieve money.

Anyone with information on the identity of the woman is asked to call Aurora Police at 630-801-6655, Oswego Police at (630) 551-7349; or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.

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