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Credit card thief targets teachers at Davis schools

Davis police released surveillance photos, provided by merchants, of an individual suspected or stealing credit cards from teachers at two local elementary schools and using the stolen credit cards to purchase items at stores in Davis and Vacaville. The thefts occurred on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2018.
Davis police released surveillance photos, provided by merchants, of an individual suspected or stealing credit cards from teachers at two local elementary schools and using the stolen credit cards to purchase items at stores in Davis and Vacaville. The thefts occurred on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2018. Davis Police Department

Davis police are trying to identify a person suspected of stealing credit cards from teachers at two local elementary schools.

The first incident was reported Jan. 31 at Korematsu Elementary School. The victim left her purse in an empty classroom and when she returned, she discovered her wallet had been stolen. Her credit cards were subsequently used to make purchases at a Target store in Davis and a Safeway in Vacaville, according to a Police Department Twitter post.

The second theft occurred Wednesday at Montgomery Elementary School. In that case, the victim’s credit cards were used to purchase items at Michael’s and Nordstrom Rack in Vacaville, police reported.

Both thefts occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the classrooms were empty.

At this point, the news release said, the thief is not believed to be affiliated with the school district, and surrounding jurisdictions may be investigating similar incidents.

Police released photos from surveillance video provided by merchants. Anyone who recognizes the person in the photos is asked to call the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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