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Grandma finds man’s wallet on Dollar General counter and uses victim’s money to pay for her items

By Emily Lewis 5:38 AM January 5, 2018
Verlin Wilson

Police in Florida announced that an elderly woman turned herself in after she was caught on video stealing a wallet.

Police released surveillance video from a Dollar General store, which is located at 7050 N Church Avenue in Mulberry.

The video showed 68-year-old Verlin Sue Wilson placing her items on the conveyor belt at around 10:40 a.m.

She spotted a wallet that was left behind by the previous customer. The video shows Wilson taking the wallet, pulling some cash out, and using it to pay for her stuff.

After she walked away, the victim returned to the store and asked the cashier if she has seen her wallet. At that point, the store manager and the victim viewed the video and spotted the theft on camera.

The wallet contained $250 cash, the victim’s driver’s license, and credit cards.

Hours after police posted the video to Facebook, Wilson went to the office of a bail bondsman, who then called detectives and told them that the suspect wanted to turn herself in.

Wilson was arrested and charged with one count theft, one count petit theft second offense, and one count of unlawful use of personal ID.

“It’s so disappointing to watch someone on video, who has the opportunity to step forward and do the right thing, but instead takes advantage of someone and steals their money,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.