Florida ‘hugging bandit’ arrested for stealing wallets, credit cards from elderly

Clearwater police have arrested a woman who preyed on older men by hugging them and stealing their wallets.According to police, Kathy Stevens, 65, would approach older men outside stores and pretend she knew them as she went to hug them. While hugging them, she would snatch their wallets and credit cards. At least four of these thefts were noted by Clearwater police in that area.Stevens is in Pinellas County Jail and faces more than a dozen charges from multiple Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies. “All of a sudden she starts talking to me real friendly like I know her,” said one victim to WESH sister station WFLA.He says she then jumped into an unlocked door of his car and started going through his things.“She diverted my attention, with words I guess, and she slipped my Capitol One out,” the victim said.Not long after that, the man received a fraud alert from his credit card company.There were other victims, police say. “She’s going up, acting like she knows them, hugging them, asking how their wife is, pretending she was a nurse at their doctor’s office. Then she’s taking their credit cards and going on shopping sprees at local stores,” Rob Shaw with the Clearwater Police Department said.

Clearwater police have arrested a woman who preyed on older men by hugging them and stealing their wallets.

According to police, Kathy Stevens, 65, would approach older men outside stores and pretend she knew them as she went to hug them.

While hugging them, she would snatch their wallets and credit cards. At least four of these thefts were noted by Clearwater police in that area.

Stevens is in Pinellas County Jail and faces more than a dozen charges from multiple Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies.

“All of a sudden she starts talking to me real friendly like I know her,” said one victim to WESH sister station WFLA.

He says she then jumped into an unlocked door of his car and started going through his things.

“She diverted my attention, with words I guess, and she slipped my Capitol One [card] out,” the victim said.

Not long after that, the man received a fraud alert from his credit card company.

There were other victims, police say.

“She’s going up, acting like she knows them, hugging them, asking how their wife is, pretending she was a nurse at their doctor’s office. Then she’s taking their credit cards and going on shopping sprees at local stores,” Rob Shaw with the Clearwater Police Department said.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.