Police Search For Alleged Del City Serial Fraudster

Thursday, August 25th 2011, 5:29 pm

By: News 9


DEL CITY, Oklahoma -- Police are trying to locate a woman who was caught on video allegedly pulling a short-change scam at a Del City store earlier this month and who is believed to be part of a serial, cross-country theft ring.

Police said the woman is part of a roaming tribe of con artists who struck the Del City Wal Mart August 17, making off with $4,300.

The woman can be seen in three surveillance camera videos confusing the clerk about the amount of change she was owed after a small purchase.  She can be seen reaching into the till, pulling out a fist full of cash, waving it, and police say, with sleight of hand, pocketing much of it.

Del City Wal Mart Surveillance Video 1
Del City Wal Mart Surveillance Video 2
Del City Wal Mart Surveillance Video 3

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has sketched a witness's description of the thief. She is described as a Hispanic woman, approximately 40 years old, 5'10" tall, weighing about 180 pounds with brown eyes and black, straight, shoulder-length hair. She wore heavy makeup, lip and eye liner, and appeared to have all her teeth. She wore a dark colored dress, black shoes, and a white, wide-brimmed, cloth hat. She was accompanied by three Hispanic males, some of whom can be seen in the videos.

Authorities believe Del City suspect is related to similar crimes committed across the country and may be an accomplice of a woman named Walentina Knapek seen in a surveillance video featured on America's Most Wanted.

Del City police are asking anyone who may have information on these crimes to call them at 405-671-2857.


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