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Victim upset theft suspect still at large

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Authorities say she could be responsible for a string of thefts across the state. Thousands of dollars in stolen credit card charges went to pay for items like gift cards and even fuel. Yet months later, 35-year old Karyn Merida remains at large.

Court records show Merida has outstanding warrants in both Louisville and Lexington. She is on the 'most wanted' list from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

And that's what has Jennifer Barker upset. Barker had her purse stolen from her office in Norton Suburban Hospital late last year.

Surveillance video released by police shows Merida allegedly using Barker's stolen credit card at a CVS Pharmacy in Louisville. A day later, Lexington police say she pulled a similar scheme at a gas station – using a stolen card to buy $1500 in gas and gift cards.

"A little bit more than frustrated. Even if it's not for the fact of getting my stuff back, but the fact that she should be in jail," says Barker.

Court records show Merida has a history of theft, shoplifting and robbery. A WDRB News reporter knocked on a door of a listed address for Merida but no one answered.

"I feel like if the other people can't come forward and say something... I know they're frustrated so maybe I will step up and speak for all of us," Barker said in an interview with WDRB News.

Barker's purse contained her children's social security cards and gifts cards meant for Christmas presents. She worked overtime before Christmas to try to make up for the money she lost.

She's caught up with her finances but still feels cheated knowing that her children's vital information could be out there. Authorities say Merida could be involved in several cases across the state.

"I wish she would be pinpointed and somebody say I know where she is," Barker said.

Our calls to both St. Matthews Police and Louisville Metro Police were not returned. But Det. Mike Helsby with Lexington Police says he still has an active warrant for Merida, wanted on a felony charge there related to thefts from the gas station.

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