Woman accused of stealing purses from vehicles, using victims' credit cards

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Anna Abee (Source: Scottsdale Police Department) Anna Abee (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)
Surveillance photo of suspect (Source: Scottsdale Police Department) Surveillance photo of suspect (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Scottsdale police arrested a woman accused of stealing purses from vehicles then using the victims' credit cards.

Detectives with the Scottsdale Police Identity Theft and Auto Crimes section identified Anna Abee, 37, as the primary suspect in four Scottsdale cases and at least 10 others in Phoenix, Peoria, Surprise and Mesa.

Detectives said Abee would scan fitness centers and hiking trailheads for females leaving their purses in their vehicles. She then would break the car's window, steal the purse, and go on a spending spree with the victim's credit and debit cards.

In a number of the cases, Abee used the victim's information to apply for new credit cards and other services, according to investigators.

Police said the monetary loss in the Scottsdale cases alone totals more than $10,000.

Abee was arrested Feb. 24 and faces numerous felony charges, ranging from burglary of a vehicle to aggravated identity theft.

Scottsdale police remind everyone to never leave items of value visible in your unoccupied car.