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LMPD looking for check thief targeting families on a walk in the park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A walk in the park has cost some local families thousands of dollars. That's because some of them are making a common, but costly mistake -- and a thief is taking advantage.

They are leaving their valuables -- like purses, wallets or backpacks -- in the car, and police say the suspect grabs it and heads to the bank.

The suspect looks like she is a typical bank customer, but Metro Police say the woman is a thief.

"The weather was beautiful, ah, so we just wanted to just have some good family time at the park that afternoon," said Jason Mouser, who is a theft victim.

Mouser is one of several victims.

"Just feel violated," he said.

Mouser said his car was broken into recently while he was at Des Pres Park with his family.

"We had parked our van and came back and found that our purse and our diaper bag had been stolen from our vehicle."

And the family bank account was next.

"They withdrew $1,000 from our account and forged bad checks and were able to cash those as well at our bank," Mouser said.

"She has done it five times that I know of, and each time, it has been $980," said Det. Debbie Minniear, with LMPD's 6th Division.

Det. Minniear said there are two victims with each case and it involves a stolen checkbook and ID.

"Say, if she broke into somebody else's car, she'll take one of their checks, write that check to the victim that she just stole their checks from, go thru the bank and pretend like she's that person because she's using their ID," Det. Minniear said.

Det. Minniear said all of the transactions have happened at Republic Banks and the suspect tries to disguise her identity.

"It looks as if she has a wig and some glasses on in these other photos, and in this one, her hair is a different color -- she has no glasses on but it's definitely the same person."

"I would definitely like some resolution to this issue," said Mouser.

While police hope to make an arrest, surprisingly, Mouser is open to other outcomes.

He said, "Whether it be charges or just returning our belongings, I mean, I would even go that route, just return our belongings, that would be great."

If you know the woman is, please call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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