UPDATE: KPD identifies purse thief suspect

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UPDATE: Knoxville police have learned the identity of the suspect wanted for attempting to use a victim’s identity to cash a check made out to the victim after her purse was stolen from her vehicle.

A tip to the KPD’s Facebook page resulted in the confirmation of the suspect’s identity.

The suspect is a female. No word yet on her name or if she has a criminal record. 

Investigators were able to use that information in the tip along with additional evidence to confirm the female suspect’s identity. 

KPD will release more information as the investigation continues. 


Knoxville Police Department is seeking the identity of a suspect who may have stolen a woman’s purse and tried to use the victim’s identification to cash a check.

An ATM image captured the suspect’s face as they attempted to make the transaction.

On Oct. 23, the victim returned to her vehicle to find that it had been burglarized and her purse stolen.

The following day, Oct. 24, the unknown suspect tried using the victim’s ID to cash a check that had been made out to the victim – likely found in her purse that was stolen. 

The suspect was driving what police believe is a newer model Nissan Rogue in a silver color that possible had some driver-side rear damage.

Police ask for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call KPD’s crime information line at 865-215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips can also be posted to KPD’s Facebook page @KnoxvillePD.

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