Woman accused of stealing teachers' purses
LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police say a woman stole teachers’ purses from an elementary school in Lynn.
“It was between 60 to 100 pocketbooks and wallets. A lot of them had no identification left inside of them so we have no idea who the victims would be,” said Lt. Chris Kelly, Lynn Police Department.
Police say the stolen wallets were found inside Lelani Ray's apartment. The 40-year-old is accused of targeting a pair of grad school teachers at Cobbet Elementary.
“Teachers and elementary schools seem to be her main target,” Lt. Kelly said.
Police say she walked inside and stole their credit cards from inside their classrooms.
Parents are floored.
“Yeah, that’s horrible. They should have more security than that,” a parent said.
Police say Ray shouldn't have been there.
“She’s not an employee nor does she have any students that attend these schools,” Lt. Kelly said.
Police were able to track the stolen cards to a Lynn Wal-Mart. They used surveillance video to identify Ray, who wearing a disguise. She was allegedly on a spending spree, picking up DVD box sets and gift cards.
“She has a history of similar crimes, and we know this is happening in other towns,” said Lt. Kelly.