Police searching for woman accused in theft of credit cards taken from hospital last fall

January 26, 1999

A black woman described as having close-cropped red or orange hair and a scar on her cheek or under her nose is being sought in the theft of credit cards from the staff at Carroll County General Hospital in November.

According to state police, the woman apparently accompanied a man to the Westminster hospital, where four credit cards allegedly were stolen Nov. 18. Within about two hours that day, the cards were used to buy $4,021 worth of merchandise at six nearby stores, police said.

Photographs taken by surveillance cameras at two stores led police to arrest Lawrence L. Dyson, 41, of the 8500 block of Rolling Ridge Drive in Ellicott City on Dec. 22. He was charged on several counts of theft and credit card misuse and was released after posting bail, police said.

The unidentified woman, who may live in Howard County, has a light complexion and is about 30 years old, police said. She is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, according to witnesses at several stores where electronic games, linens, a telephone and a laptop computer were bought, police said.

Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call Tfc. P. Lacy in Westminster at 410-848- 3111.

Pub Date: 1/26/99

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