Del City police are asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects who stole nearly $1,500 from a local Walgreens store.
Police say the man and woman walked into the store at the corner of SE 29th Street and S Sunnylane Road posing as Walgreens corporate representatives. They seemed to have the right credentials, and police are warning other stores to be alert.
A black woman wearing a red hat was alone when she first walked into the Del City Walgreens on the evening of Aug. 5. The cashier told police she was wearing a Walgreens badge when she handed over a cash voucher and asked to redeem it onto a Green Dot card.
“They make the people put the money on the Green Dot cards because they’re practically untraceable,” said Capt. Ted Kleber of the Del City Police Department.
After the first successful transaction, the female suspect left to retrieve her male partner from a car in the parking lot. He can be seen wearing a black and white hat as the pair re-entered the store together and initiated a second cash voucher transaction, loading even more money onto another Green Dot card.
The couple got away with $1,467.85.
Legitimate Walgreens representatives told police a similar sounding case happened earlier that same day in the Tulsa area.
“We believe they may be traveling,” said Kleber, “but we’ve got no suspect information from corporate on that case at all, but that’s a common occurrence for something like that, to go from town to town to town.”
Officers now hope someone can help identify the suspects, who are described as a heavyset black woman who is about 5’5” and a slim black man about 6’0”.
If the pair is looking for a new target, police advise business owners to beware of suspicious circumstances.
Kleber said, “Putting money on a Green Dot card, which is a very common practice used by criminals in this area, I’d pay a little bit more attention to that.”
If you recognize the man and woman, or have any other information about this case, call Del City investigators at (405) 677-2443.