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POLICE: Woman walking into doctors' offices, stealing items

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) – Police are looking for a woman they say is stealing items at local doctors' offices.

St. Matthews police say the suspect's age and appearance allows her to wander into waiting rooms unnoticed, and walk out with peoples' wallets.

35-year-old Karyn Merida was spotted inside a Jeffersontown CVS last week.  Police say she was trying to buy hundreds of dollars in gift cards with a stolen credit card.

 "We know who she is, right now it's a matter of time trying to find where she's at," said St. Matthews detective Harvey Hunt.

Hunt says Merida has a clear M.O. She allegedly stole the credit card from a wallet left out in a doctor's office inside Norton Suburban hospital.  Apparently, she simply strolled in and took it.

"She's a little bit older," he said. "Nicely dressed. She can move in and out of doctor's offices unnoticed."

Police say Merida's been busy in November. That's her in a Highlands CVS earlier this month. Once again, she allegedly used a stolen credit card, one investigators say she also picked up at North Suburban, to buy more than $600 in gift cards.

Police say Merida's been hitting offices in other parts of Kentucky as well.  According to her record, she's been arrested at least eight times in the past three years. While being robbed at the doctor's office is relatively rare, investigators say it's a crime that's easy to avoid.

"Unfortunately, people make it easy. Purses left out, or wallets left where they can be easily accessible to someone walking in the office," said Hunt.

If anyone knows where Merida is, you are encouraged to call police at 574-LMPD, or 893-9000 for St. Matthews police.

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