Public's help needed to identify criminals

NORWALK Norwalk law enforcement is still looking for the man who robbed a New London woman i
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

Norwalk law enforcement is still looking for the man who robbed a New London woman in Norwalk's local Kmart parking lot on Feb. 11.

The woman was loading items into the trunk of her car when a man wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt came up behind her and took her purse from hershopping cart, according to a police report.

He then ran to a nearby car carrying three other passengers and jumped into the front passenger seat.

A good Samaritan found the New London woman's purse on Ohio 547 near Bellevue later that day. But most of its contents, including the woman's National City debit card, were missing.

National City Bank personnel said the woman's debit card was used the same day at a Bellevue Speedway gas station, 5639 U.S. 20, where the thieves bought at least $87.26 worth of gas and merchandise.

Norwalk detectives used surveillance video and transaction time stamps to get pictures of the suspected thieves.

"The transaction that they completed was with that credit card that was stolen," said Norwalk Det. Jim Fulton. "They took the time of the transaction and the time on the DVD and put the two together."

The same suspects attempted to use the stolen credit card again at a Wal-Mart in Ashland, according to reports.

Police have not received any leads on the thieves, but hope the public can help them.

"We have no idea who they are," Fulton said. "This story aired on Channel 9 in Mansfield two different times and we never got any calls on it... I gotta think it was somebody from around here."

If you have any information related to this crime or recognize people in the photo, call the Norwalk Police Department at 419-663-6780.