By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK — The city experienced a rise in wallet thefts late last month, with three cases reported to police between July 22 and 25.
About 8 p.m. July 22, a woman left her purse on her front porch. She told police did not realize she had left it until 4 p.m. the next day.
When she went to retrieve her purse from the porch she discovered that her wallet was missing from her purse. The black and gold wallet contained $80 in cash, a credit card, Social Security card and her driver’s license.
In another incident, a woman who was trying on shoes about 2:30 p.m. July 24 at TJ Maxx at Fairlane Green set her purse down beside her and then forgot it when she got up to leave. When she returned to get the purse it was gone.
She checked with the customer service desk and was able to get the purse back, minus the wallet. The wallet was returned as she was standing at the customer service desk, everything intact, but minus $30.
Police checked with loss prevention and viewed footage of the store during the time of the incident. No evidence of larceny was visible on camera and the case was closed.
A man dropped his wallet about 11 a.m. July 25 while getting into his car that was parked in the 14800 block of Anne Avenue. It was not there when he went back to get it.
He flagged down officers who were patrolling the area at 11:46 a.m. The wallet had several credit cards, his driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance, $50 cash and a paycheck for $763.
The officers advised the man to have his boss issue a stop payment on his check and to contact all banks and credit card companies to report the cards lost.
No wallet has been turned in to police.
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)