Savitri Radha Nanan Abdulaziz managed to elude county police Detective Kevin Falls for almost a year. Police say that by using over a dozen aliases, she slipped in and out of the county, bilking stores of property and cash worth more than $185,000.
Falls finally caught her Wednesday night by posing as a loan shark willing to hand over $1,500 to the 30-year-old Indian woman wanted in three counties and Baltimore City on charges of theft and passing bad checks.
Falls' break in the case came from Abdulaziz's former boyfriend, who called last week to say Abdulaziz had been harassing him.
"He had caller ID, and he gave me the phone numbers where she had been calling from," Falls said.
Falls learned that Abdulaziz had been evicted from an apartment on St. Paul Street in Baltimore after her checks bounced but came back often to visit friends there.
"She had asked the manager there to set her up with a loan shark, but he would not do it," Falls said.
After being evicted, Abdulaziz was staying with friends in the same apartment building on St. Paul Street. Fallsposed as a loan shark to her friends.
"I just went up there and acted like Guido the Loan Shark," he said. "I told her friends that I was willing to lend her the money she needed."
A maintenance man at the apartment complex called Falls Wednesday night, saying he'd seen Abdulaziz go inside her friend's apartment to wait for the loan shark.
"When she saw me, she knew she had been set up," Falls said.
Abdulaziz was being held without bond yesterday in the Baltimore City Women's Detention Center.
Although she faces more than 41 charges in Anne Arundel alone, Wednesday marked only the fourth time that she has been arrested.
She has never been to court. Abdulaziz failed to appear on three trial dates, and judges have issued bench warrants for her arrest, court records show.
After arresting her in August, Falls said, he found seven charge cards in her purse, all using different variations of her name.
Three cards belonged to her former employer's company, a Jessup auto parts store. Police say receiptsshow she took a trip to Florida and charged at least $1,000 in clothing and souvenirs on the company cards.
Abdulaziz was released after her Aug. 6 arrest on personal recognizance. She was arrested a third time Sept. 16, but again was released from jail.