Woman arrested in wallet thefts at area grocery stores - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


Woman arrested in wallet thefts at area grocery stores

Hancock (Photo from Metro PD) Hancock (Photo from Metro PD)

A convicted felon suspected in at least 14 recent wallet thefts at area grocery stores has been arrested.

Patricia Lee Hancock, 48, surrendered to police on Friday after seeing television reports about the crimes at Kroger on South Gallatin Pike and the Walmart stores on Dickerson Pike and North Gallatin Pike.

Police said 11 of the 14 victims were above 50 years old, with five of them in their 70s and 80s. In several of the thefts, the suspect distracted the victims by asking for assistance or talking to them about certain products, police said.

Previously, Metro police said the woman may have had a male accomplice, but that man has since been identified, interviewed by detectives and cleared of any suspicion.

Hancock, who has several previous felony theft and forgery convictions, is charged with three counts of theft, and more charges are possible.

She was accused in October 2012 of taking a wallet from a woman's purse at a different Kroger store, and she was free on $1,500 bond from that case at the time of the recent alleged thefts.

Her bond is now set at $30,000.

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