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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pretending to be parents doesn't sound like the typical disguise for criminal activity, but local police need your help identifying a couple putting on the act and targeting daycares.
Police say the man and woman pictured have been busy visiting child care centers in Louisville, in hopes of leaving with cash.
"They're very quick and methodical about what they do. They know exactly what they're looking for and how quickly they can get it," St. Matthews Detective Barbara Shepard told WDRB.
The couple uses the same story each time.
"They come in and the story is they're looking for placement for their two-year-old child and as soon as they're distracted, I think one of them asks to use the restroom. Then once they're gone they'll go through and look for wallets, debit cards, cash, anything they can use," Shepard explained.
On Monday, they were successful at Ajabuland Childcare, stealing a wallet from the daycare's director, Sharon Mohn.
"They said they wanted some information on child care and they wanted to tour the facility. I said, 'Great, no problem. I'd love to show you around,'" said Mohn.
The man then excused himself to the restroom and after the couple left, Mohn realized her wallet was missing.
"He probably took it instead of going to the restroom because she was with me the whole time," Mohn told WDRB.
They got away with her debit card, credit card and driver's license.
"They did use my debit card. They had lunch at Rally's so I hope they enjoyed it. That's all they get out of me," said Mohn.
Police say they believe the two have tried to pull the same thing at several other daycares.
In surveillance video from Sproutlings Pediatric Daycare, you can see the woman reach over the counter and fumble through a bag when an employee leaves the room.
Fortunately, the employee returned too fast for her to steal anything.
"Unfortunately, people are lax and leaving their purses around, not securing them and it's easy to get in for a tour," said Shepard.
The two didn't have as much luck at Cornerstone Child Development Center in St. Matthews.
"Pretty quickly I could tell they weren't really listening to anything I had to say about the center so we really didn't make it beyond the lobby before I felt like something was amiss," said executive director Bridget Yates.
Police are taking the case seriously because they aren't sure if money is their only motive.
"When it deals with kids, there's always a special place in everyone's hearts. No one wants to see a child hurt," said Shepard.
If you recognize the couple, call St. Matthews Police at 893-9000 or the LMPD police tipline at 574-LMPD.