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Raleigh woman accused of taking police officer's wallet

Posted October 8, 2012

— Police searched the residence Wednesday of a woman they say took the wallet of a police officer at a grocery store in September.

Raleigh police said Katherine Jean Hunter of High Grove Drive took the wallet of a police officer at the Food Lion at 3685 New Bern Ave. on Sept. 15. Police said the police officer left his wallet containing his police ID and badge on the counter, and Hunter, the next person in line, took the wallet and put it in her purse. Hunter then used a food stamp card to pay for her purchase.

The scene was recorded on surveillance cameras.

Police subpoenaed the information for the food stamp card used in that transaction, and the card was issued to Hunter. Police said they confirmed Hunter's identity with a DMV photo and footage from the surveillance camera.

Hunter told police the man working at the cash register took the wallet, and she did not touch it. 

No items were seized from Hunter's residence.


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  • OneLove Oct 10, 2012

    Showing up at someone's house to give them their wallet is creepy. If you find mine, please return it to the police...I'm sure I'll have canceled my cards and bump that cash.

  • diana123 Oct 10, 2012

    jeez, this is just too too much! well of course it is not at her residence, she got rid of it; it will never be seen again.
    this takes the cake.

  • shortcake53 Oct 10, 2012

    She must have no conscience at all to be able to see he was a police officer and steal his stuff anyway. Pure stupidity. She deserves whatever punishment they can hand her. Reminds me of the show where they purposely leave a car unattended with the keys inside just to see who will steal it. Cracks me up to see the dumbells who take it and then try to lie their way out when caught. Are people really that stupid??

  • sthiggs Oct 10, 2012

    TeresaBee- it's people like you that keep my faith in humanity!! I did something similar when I worked at the airport. Found ID and other items from a gentleman's wallet under the waiting area chair after a flight had left- he lived in Texas according to the drivers license. Put the items in an envelope, addressed to the address on the DL and sent it away with a note on where it was found. Never expecting to hear anything back- just did the right thing. A week later, a lovely card arrived from the guy and a $15 gift certificate to Starbucks. It's just as quick and easy to do the right thing as the wrong thing.


    dwntwnboy you are what is right with the world. May we all aspire to be more like your spirit of The Golden Rule.

  • sthiggs Oct 10, 2012

    Leaving a wallet behind could have happened to any of us. I am thankful that (because it was a cop) they were able to catch this thief. Not only was she a thief, she stole from a public servant. He sense of entitlement is deplorable. We as a society are feeding her so she can steal and distroy our trust in our fellow man.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 10, 2012

    Once she knew she had a cop's wallet, the smart thing to have done would have been to contact him and pretend she's returning it.

  • Dont playa hate- congratulate Oct 9, 2012

    They looked at a video and checked the name on the food stamps...What great lengths are you speaking of? I didnt read anything about these "Great lengths" you are talking about. No fingerprints, no aerial photography, no special forensics mentioned. ...And I knew it was a matter of time till someone bashed the cop for losing his wallet....geeeeeeeeez!!!

  • JDAmbrosio Oct 9, 2012

    So if some regular Joe left his wallet and ID there, nothing would have been done, yet they went to these lengths to catch this girl because it was a police officer?! Well shame on the officer for being so careless. I wonder if he's as careless with is GUN as his wallet and badge!? That's bull that such lengths were taken for a cop but they are NOT for regular people! Bull!

  • Dont playa hate- congratulate Oct 9, 2012

    "So did he get in trouble for losing his badge and ID? That would have been a great opportunity for someone to impersonate a officer! I hate a thief but I also don't like thinking we have irresponsible officers either".
    So if someone comes in your house and steals stuff, or opens your car door to remove your purse or laptop, should you get in trouble because you made the mistake of leaving your belongings in plain sight and/ or your doors unlocked? This crime was perpetrated by a thief, not the victim. I have read the posts about the fact that this was a LEO so the crime was solved. The bottom line is that there are crimes that do go unsolved; not because the police don't try, but because of the lack of leads. This happened to be caught on video and a lead was developed. I am sure the police treated this case like any other. Speaking of resources..lets go up on taxes to help the police. Really? And btw..WRAL made the decision to cover the story, not the police.

  • Juststatingthefacts Oct 9, 2012

    Not saying that it was right for her to do this because it most certainly was not, but I'm wondering if this would have been looked into as quickly and proficiently as it was if the victim wasn't a law enforcement officer?