Salem woman forgets wallet, thief picks it up

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 503.566.6927

Surveillance video from United Market showed a woman suspected of using Sandra Peterson's debit card, June 16, 2015. (MCSO)
Surveillance video from United Market showed a woman suspected of using Sandra Peterson's debit card, June 16, 2015. (MCSO)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Sandra Peterson loves gardening. On May 2, she attended a gardening class at Egan Gardens in Salem, but didn’t realize she left her wallet behind.

When she went to the post office 2 days later, the clerk asked to see her ID. “I didn’t have my wallet,” she said Wednesday.

Sandra Peterson of Salem lost her wallet and investigators are trying to find who is using her credit cards, June 17, 2015 (KOIN)
Sandra Peterson of Salem lost her wallet and investigators are trying to find who is using her credit cards, June 17, 2015 (KOIN)

Peterson, 70, checked with her bank “online, and noticed there was a charge on a credit card that I never use.” She also noticed her debit card had been used not long after she left the gardening store.

“It amazed me how quickly,” she told KOIN 6 News. “Within 2 hours they were using it, using my cards.”

Deputies helped Peterson track one of the fraudulent purchases to the United Market on Northeast Lancaster Drive in Salem. They found surveillance video and believe the woman seen used Peterson’s debit card to buy $113.97 in items from the store.

But investigators have no idea who the woman is.

“She didn’t seem to be particularly nervous. She handled herself matter-of-factly,” Peterson said.

She admitted “it is a creepy feeling” to have someone using her credit and debit cards. “I don’t like it at all.”

Peterson canceled her cards but she’s afraid someone else could be the victim if the woman isn’t caught.

“It does bother me that there are people who can so easily use someone’s identity and who know what else,” she said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call 503.566.6927.

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