"Cubicle thief" steals wallet from fancy law firm

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Tampa, Florida - If you've ever had your credit card stolen, you know what a horrible feeling it is.

Deep down in the pit of your stomach, you know that someone out there has your card and is spending your hard-earned money.

It happens to people every day.

But, usually it doesn't take place at work, where most folks feel comfortable leaving their personal belongings out in the open.

One woman at a downtown Tampa law firm learned her lesson the hard way on February 10th when she went to lunch and left her purse on her desk with her wallet inside.

It happened in an instant.

No one even noticed the mysterious woman who walked into the Tampa City Center during lunch that day and took the elevator all the way to the 32nd floor. She began roaming the halls of the law firm.

Tampa Police say the woman was noticed, but no one said a word.

Police spokesperson Andrea Davis told us, "You'd think that in an office environment, you would notice someone who looks out of place but, in this particular case, they did notice someone looked out of place, but they didn't say anything. I think sometimes people get that feeling that they don't want to offend someone."

Bold and brazen, the cubicle thief, cops say, managed to spend more than $2,000 in an hour.

She is seen on surveillance video at the Target on Gandy Boulevard, acting calm and casual.  But, she didn't stop there.

She then made her way to the Best Buy on North Dale Mabry to spend more money.

Eventually, she even bought some gas at a station on Kennedy Boulevard.

But, she may not have gotten away with it after all.

The surveillance video is crisp and clear, and it could be the key to cracking the case.  Cops are convinced someone will turn her in and collect a reward.

"It is very good video, and someone out there is going to recognize her, and if someone does, we hope someone will do the right thing," Davis said.

While the employee was at lunch, the bank called her about some suspicious activity on the card. 

The victim told 10 News, "I couldn't believe it.  I felt horrible."

She cancelled the card and called the cops.

So, here's a good reminder, and it's something you've probably heard before - the next time you have your wallet or your purse on your desk, just keep a close eye on it.

If you know who this woman is, you could get a $1,000 in reward money, and you don't have to leave your name.

LINK: Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay

Melanie Michael, 10 News

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