Suspect identified and charged in hospital purse thefts

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Dawn Marie Flowers (Kent Co Jail)

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Dawn Marie Flowers, 46, was charged in court Thursday for allegedly stealing women’s purses from hospitals and using their credit cards at local retailers.

The 46-year-old was arraigned in a Kent County courtroom Thursday afternoon on several charges. She is charged with ‘Larceny in a Building’, ‘Stealing/Retaining a Financial Transaction Device without consent’ and ‘Possession of a Financial Transaction Device’; each carrying a potential 4-year penalty.  She is also being charged with being an habitual offender, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.

The Sheriff’s Department says Flowers was arrested Wednesday after they posted a surveillance image of her on their Facebook asking the public to help identify her.

Court documents obtained by FOX 17 say that on February 1st a Spectrum employee reported her purse being stolen from a cabinet inside one of their offices.  Flowers used several credit and debit cards that were inside the purse to buy six $200 prepaid Mastercards from an area Meijer store. Police say in the court filing that Flowers admitted to using the stolen credit cards during an interview after she was identified and arrested.

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