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Police release photos of suspect who stole from teacher at Belmont school

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A woman who was seen at the Central Elementary School campus in Belmont on Aug. 31 is suspected of stealing credit cards from a teacher and using the cards in Santa Clara. (Courtesy Belmont Police Department)

Belmont police have released photos of a suspect who allegedly stole credit cards from a teacher’s purse at an elementary school last month and then used them at stores in Santa Clara.

At about 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 31, a woman contacted by staff in the hallway of Central Elementary School at 525 Middle Road in Belmont said she was there to pick up a child from kindergarten, police said.

Later that afternoon, a teacher received a fraud alert from her credit card company and found that credit cards had been taken from her purse inside a file cabinet in her classroom, according to police.

The cards were used at several stores in the Westfield Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara, and security cameras captured the suspect leaving one of the stores, police said.

Police released photos from the surveillance footage and have described the suspect as a black woman in her 30s who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall with long, braided hair.

She was wearing a blue T-shirt and shorts with a colorful headband at the school, while the store security video showed her wearing a light-colored baseball cap and jeans, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Belmont police at (650) 595-7400 or police@belmont.gov.

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