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Clerk charged with stealing from elderly

January 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A grocery store employee has been arrested on suspicion of stealing from elderly customers while helping them out with their bags.Managers of supermarkets encourage their employees to help customers to their cars with their groceries. A former employee of King's Ranch Market in Victorville has been arrested for helping herself to customers' wallets and purses.

Geneva Macon, a 55-year-old Victorville resident, was arrested Sunday and charged with theft from the elderly.

Seventy-seven-year-old Fran Applegate, from Apple Valley, said her credit cards and change purse were taken by the suspect as she helped her put groceries in her car.

"I was standing this way, I'm holding it and I'm putting it down there and that's when -- she's bagging it, putting my purse, that's when she went inside," said Applegate.

Applegate received a phone call requesting money for the return of her cards. She called Victorville police. The report of Macon's arrest has prompted a number of elderly victims to come forward.

"At this time we now have eight," said Karen Hunt, Victorville Police Dept. "Initially we had seven, but thanks to getting the information out there we've had another come forward. And one of the previous victims also notified us that there was some information with their credit cards so we're investigating that at this time."

Geneva Macon has been moved to the West Valley Detention Center. Her bail has been set at $1 million.