HEATH OH Aug 31 2011 — Heath police arrested a Maryland woman accused of stealing wallets, credit cards and money from the break rooms of several local businesses Aug. 6.
Tonya L. Middleton, 38, of Suitland, Md., was arrested Monday after Elder-Beerman employees told Indian Mound Mall security they saw a woman who matched the description of a thief whose photo was released by Licking County Crime Stoppers, Heath Sgt. Craig Black said.
Licking County Crime Stoppers released security camera images of a woman stealing purses, wallets, money and credit cards from break rooms at Michaels, Best Buy, Petland, Aeropostale, Elder-Beerman and Target.
She then used the credit cards to buy items at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us, according to the Crime Stoppers news release.
Heath police arrested Middleton on Monday night. She initially lied to officers about her identity, Black said.
Middleton was wanted for a felony theft parole violation in Maryland and theft in Virginia. She might be linked to thefts in nine Ohio jurisdictions, including Zanesville, Columbus, Dayton and southeastern Ohio, Black said.
Middleton, last known address 4238 Suitland Road, Apt. 301, was charged Tuesday with tampering with records, a third-degree felony.
A man in the surveillance photos was not identified and was not located with Middleton. Anyone with information should contact Licking County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-488-9058 or Heath police at (740) 522-2677.
She will appear for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon. The case will be reviewed by a grand jury for possible indictment.