UPDATED Thursday, March 28, 2013 --- 12:06 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An Oklahoma couple who came to Wisconsin for an organ transplant have been the victims of theft.
Madison police say Roger and Debbie Egleston flew to Madison a few months ago awaiting a lung transplant for Roger Egleston, a Vietnam veteran. Because the Arcadia, Okla., couple was forced to pack in a hurry, 63-year-old Debbie Egleston went to a local Goodwill store March 2 to stock up on personal items.
Police spokesman Howard Payne says two thieves stole her wallet from her purse. Within an hour they used her credit cards to buy more than $3,000 in merchandise and gift cards at a nearby Target store.
Payne says the two suspects were still at large Thursday. He calls the crime, "heartbreaking" and asks that anyone with information call police.
Copyright 2013 : Associated Press
Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 3:05 p.m.
Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:
Incident Type: Theft
Incident Date: 03/02/2013 - 11:30 AM
Address: 4530 Verona Road (Goodwill)
Suspect(s): M/B, 25-35 yoa, last seen wearing a blue 3/4 length coat with fur collar, blue pants, and skull cap (possibly brown)
F/O, 25-35 yoa, last seen wearing a double breasted coat, and hat
Arrested: Continuing Investigation
Victim(s): 69 year-old female of Oklahoma
25 year-old female of Madison, Wisconsin
Details: On 3/2/2013, a 69-year-old female of Oklahoma was the victim of a theft/fraudulent use of credit cards. The victim and her husband (Vietnam Veteran) were quickly flown to Madison Wisconsin, due to a lung transplant at a local hospital that her husband requires. Based on the hurried nature in which they left Oklahoma, they were not allowed ample time to pack personal necessities; which led to her shopping at Goodwill after arriving here in Madison.
While shopping, the suspect(s) removed her wallet from a cart that she was using, and after she realized it was missing, she received a call from her credit card company that questionable transactions were attempted at The Target Store in Fitchburg Wisconsin within the hour! A second victim within the Goodwill store was also identified. The victim's cards were used to purchase more than $6000 in gift cards and other merchandise. The funds that were fraudulently obtained by the suspect(s) were funds to be utilized for payment of those medical obligations related to the upcoming organ transplant.
The surveillance footage is from The Target Store (6321 McKee Road, Fitchburg), and the public is asked for assistance in identifying the suspects. Any information leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward, and callers can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at (608) 266- 6014.