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Woman suspected in more thefts across the state

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Authorities believe a Louisville woman suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from victims across the state could be involved in more cases.

St. Matthews Police confirmed Karyn Merida could be involved in at least three additional theft cases in Louisville.

Surveillance video shows Merida attempting to use a stolen credit card to purchase $500 in gift cards from a CVS pharmacy in Louisville on Monday. A day later, she and another suspect (who police identified as Harry Hayden) pulled a similar scheme at a Lexington gas station.

Merida is suspected of stealing wallets from purses at Louisville area businesses, including a physician's office and an industrial park.

One of the alleged victims named "Jennifer" spoke to WDRB News Sunday about her experience, which she says left her feeling very "violated."

"It's a real smack in the face that she can go and puchase hundreds of dollars of stuff and nobody thinks twice about it," Jennifer said.

Jennifer, who asked that we conceal her real identity, says police told her Merida allegedly stole her purse from her office inside the Norton Suburban Medical Clinic. The theft happened when Jennifer and her co-workers went to lunch on Monday and she left her purse in her filing cabinet unlocked.

That's when authorities say Merida or an accomplice likely struck, taking Jennifer's wallet that contained personal memos from friends and family members, including her and her children's social security cards. She was recently married and planning to fill out paperwork with human resources this week.

As a result of the theft, Jennifer lost close to $300 in gift cards. The bogus charges to her credit card were later waived by her bank.

"I thought that it was going to be a lot easier to see her on the video, but it made me nauseous to see her sign my name on the (surveillance) video."

Authorities are still looking for Merida.

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