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A pickpocketing pair from Prince George’s County has been arrested in connection with a theft from a woman who was shopping with her son at a Silver Spring grocery store, police say.

Karen Kay Steelman, 52, faces seven counts, including credit card, identity fraud and theft charges, online court records show. Kenneth Harris, 53, Steelman’s husband, has not yet been charged in Montgomery County, but faces two firearm charges in an unrelated case in Prince George’s County stemming from his arrest.

The theft took place on June 6 at the Whole Foods Market on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring, according to a press release police issued Monday.

A woman there told police that after she had finished shopping and was trying to pay for her food, she realized that her wallet was missing, according to the release.

The victim, a 48-year-old Silver Spring woman, was reaching for an item on a shelf when a man approached the cart and put his jacket over her purse, her son told police. The man, whom police have since identified as Kenneth Harris, then picked the jacket and purse up and walked away, the release said.

Police said that about $1,600 was charged to the woman’s credit cards.

Detectives got pictures of two people from surveillance footage, and another Montgomery County police officer identified the suspects, the release said.

That led to a District Court commissioner issuing an arrest warrant for Steelman on July 30, according to Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti.

Montgomery and Prince George’s county police searched the house where Harris and Steelman were living on Aug. 1, she said. Both Steelman and Harris were at the home, Innocenti said.

Prince George’s County Police took Harris into custody on firearm possession charges. Evidence collected at the house then enabled Montgomery County Police to ask for a warrant for Harris’ arrest in Montgomery County, Innocenti said. He has since been released from custody in Prince George’s County. He has not yet been picked up by authorities in Montgomery County, where he is still wanted, Innocenti said.

Since her arrest, Steelman faces dozens of charges of theft, identity fraud, unauthorized use of a credit and related counts in Annapolis, online court records show.

Montgomery County detectives are trying to find out if there are more victims in Montgomery County or other counties, Innocenti said.

A call to the couple’s home on Cheval Lane in Upper Marlboro on Monday was not answered.



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