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MVPD looking to identify theft and fraud suspect

We need your help identifying a suspect who is believed to have stolen a woman’s wallet and used credit cards to make fraudulent purchases in and around Mountain View. 

On May 22 shortly before 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a home on the 1000 block of Castro Street for reports of a theft. When officers arrived, they met with a 46-year-old Mountain View woman who stated that she had her purse stolen at some point that day and an unknown person had used her credit cards at several local stores. 

In speaking with the woman, we learned that her purse, which also contained her wallet, had been taken from her car sometime around 4 p.m. Around 6 p.m., the woman had received a call from a credit card company notifying her that one of her credit cards had unusual purchases from a local Target that amounted to several hundred dollars. The victim informed her credit card company that the purchases had not been authorized by her and that she had not been to Target that day. 

In addition to those unauthorized purchases, unfortunately, other credit cards that were in the woman’s wallet were also used to purchase several hundred dollars-worth of goods at other locations in and around Mountain View.

Footage obtained from a neighbor’s home captured a woman who is believed to be the suspect in the theft. She is described as a white adult and roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, leopard-print pants and tennis shoes. 

If anyone recognizes the woman, please contact Sgt. Tim Dahl at Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at