VACAVILLE — A 19-year-old Sacramento woman identified from a photograph posted on the Vacaville Police Department’s Facebook page was arrested Tuesday, ending what police described as a three-week crime spree that involved the theft of four wallets.
Synsaysha Shaunteek Thomas was spotted by an alert Target employee who had seen the Facebook post asking for help from residents in identifying her as well as an accomplice, according to a news release.
Officers responded to Target and contacted Thomas. At the same time, there was a pending call about the theft of a wallet from a purse at Sam’s Club. Police said when officers contacted Thomas, she had the stolen credit cards from the Sam’s Club incident in her possession, the release states.
Police said Thomas was in Target posing as the victim and was trying to use the stolen credit cards, even allegedly forging the victim’s signature.
She was booked into the county jail on suspicion of theft, burglary, identity theft, possession of stolen property, forgery, theft by credit card and a probation violation. Bail was set at $35,000 for the Tuesday incident. Thomas was on probation in Sacramento County for similar crimes.
The spree began Jan. 4 when a wallet was stolen from a victim’s purse at Safeway. A short time later, police said the victim’s credit cards were used at another local business. Police allege that Thomas struck at least four victims in Vacaville, also victimizing people at the Nugget Market on Jan. 8 and Jan. 17.
In all four cases, police said the scenario involved the victims shopping with their purses in their carts. Thomas would allegedly steal the wallet out of the purse as the victim shopped. The suspect then would go to a nearby business and use the stolen credit cards before the victim could cancel the cards, police said.
After one of the thefts at the Nugget, a surveillance camera photo of the suspect was posted online and police asked for the public’s help in solving the case, the release states. Police on Thursday connected Thomas to the earlier thefts. She was arrested for her suspected role in those incidents while in jail in connection with the Tuesday theft, according to the release.
Thomas’ accomplice remains at large. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Detective Adam Senf at 449-5254.
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