Accused car burglar is 'easily influenced'

Accused car burglar is 'easily influenced'
Published: May. 5, 2017 at 3:04 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2017 at 4:57 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman is behind bars after police said she stole purses out of cars and forged nearly $10,000 in checks.

Kellie Grace, 44, was arrested and confessed to forging multiple stolen checks and breaking into vehicles at various locations, totaling over $9,000 worth of checks and property.

The first burglary was reported on February 21. The victim said her purse was taken out of her car while it was parked at Cordova Presbyterian Church. The woman said her purse had credit cards and her checkbook, valued at $250, in it. One of the victim's checks was forged within hours of the burglary at a nearby Kroger. Another check was forged at Walmart for $1,334.78.

Between February and May, police said the same person broke into cars parked at schools, restaurants, and other churches. One of those burglaries happened at Cornerstone Learning Academy. The victim's car window was broken out and her purse was stolen, along with her checkbook and laptop computer, valued at $1,300. Within hours, three checks were forged and a fourth check was forged the following day.

"I don't actually see her doing it, stealing purses," Grace's mother said. "She's not that type."

But, her mother admits her daughter is troubled with psychological and physical disabilities. She said she's easily influenced.

"She was trying to do something to change her life around, but I didn't realize the extent of her problems," her mother said.

Investigators said they saw Grace on surveillance video forging the checks. They tracked her down to her home and confronted her with the details of their investigation.

"Grace hung her head" upon hearing those words, according to the Memphis Police Department affidavit.

Police said Grace signed a confession saying she forged stolen checks at Walmart, Kroger, Costco, and Sam's Club.

Investigators said Grace stole a total of $9,296.19 over a three month period. She's behind bars on a $25,000 bond.

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