OCALA, Fla. - Ocala police say they're getting closer to catching the woman who used a stolen credit card to buy $400worth of hair last month.
Officers have received numerous tips from the public after releasing a picture of a smiling woman posing with the card on Monday.
Her victim, 74-year-old Josephine Lupo, had her wallet stolen while shopping at a Ocala Walmart.
"I've never had anything stolen from me," Lupo told Local 6. "I'm shaking right now every time I think about. I think, 'How could that happen?'"
Abdel Kasem said the alleged thief is a regular customer, but the Kasem said she grew suspicious after the thief showed a credit card and didn't have a matching driver's license.
"She kept saying, 'You know me, you know me,' and I said, 'I know your face, but we don't know your name, so I'm not gonna take your card without ID.'"
That's when Kasem asked to take her picture with the credit card.
"I thought that would scare her into saying I don't want this anymore, but she smiled for it," Kasem said.
The picture surprised Lupo, too. She old Local 6 the woman who took her wallet was not African-American. So now police are hoping a picture will help lead them to whoever else was helping her steal.
"I'm going put all my credit cards in a vault," said Lupo. "I want them in jail."
According to the police report, there may be even more evidence for police.
There is surveillance video that shows the woman using a stolen credit card to buy gas, but police say it is not available yet.
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