Female Suspect Caught on Camera Stealing Elderly Woman's Wallet

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A Bryan woman is praying for justice after her wallet was stolen at a Bryan carwash. The theft happened at Ducky's Car Wash on South Texas Avenue on Wednesday. And it was all caught on camera. The owner of the car wash released security video of the entire theft in hopes the woman thief can be identified and arrested.

“I feel violated, and everything is gone; I feel like such a fool,” said Wanda Keeling, as she watched the surveillance footage for the first time of a woman stealing her wallet in broad daylight.

Wanda Keeling is out of pocket and still in shock after leaving her wallet on the change machine at Ducky's Car Wash Wednesday afternoon.

“During the week I watch my great grandson and so I have to get ice for my back and I guess since it’s so hot outside, the ice machine here doesn’t really work, so I went to get ice at Ducky’s, I mean it’s right around the corner,” explained Keeling.

Ducky’s Car Wash owner David Borski provided the Keeling family and Bryan Police with surveillance footage of the theft as it happened.

In the surveillance footage, you'll find Keeling walking up to the change machine, then retrieving her change. She then walks directly to the ice machine and pays for ice.

"The ice was coming down so quickly, so I had to grab it and so I set my wallet down and at this moment, I'm scatterbrained, I grabbed the ice and just left without my wallet,” said Keeling.

Moments later a white compact car drives up to the ice machine. A woman, who Keeling describes as Hispanic and in her mid- 20’s to early 30’s, walks up to the change machine.

“Watch, the lady, she acts like she’s making change, she looks one way, then looks the other to see if anyone’s looking,” described Keeling as she watches the footage from her computer.

After the suspect looks in both directions several times, she suddenly walks away without ever making change. Not even 30 seconds after the suspect walks back to her car parked not even 30 feet away, Keeling pulls up in search of her wallet.

“I had my social security card, my driver’s license, my Medicare card, my card for my disability, pictures of me and my mother when I was 15,” explained Keeling. “I know this is silly but, my first marriage when I was 16 years old, I even had the clipping from the newspaper in my wallet; I look at it every now and then.”

Keeling said she also had her entire life savings inside her wallet: $950 cash.

“You know I'm not someone special, I'm just trying to get by on disability. I don't hurt anybody, as you can see I don't drive a fancy car," said Keeling. " I was saving the money for my bills, my grocery money, and I finally had extra money I had saved for taxes on my house. When I pulled up, the women were parked right by me, and they were the first people I asked if they had seen my wallet. They watched me in a panic, they watched me frantically search. I don’t know how those women can look at themselves in the mirror.”

Keeling says stealing is one thing, but to make matters worse, she said the woman blatantly lied to her face.

“I believed them when they said they hadn't seen anything,” said Keeling. “It wasn't until I saw the security footage that I put two and two together, and I can't believe it, I just can't believe it. I thought they were decent people. The women even had a child with them and for that child to witness them stealing, that’s just horrible.”

With the writing on the wall, Keeling hopes the suspects will come forward.

Investigators with the Bryan Police Department are reviewing the surveillance video to try to come up with a positive ID as well as a license plate number.

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