Woman charged after claiming ownership to missing wallet


POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:25am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:10am

San Juan police charged Orfelinda DeLeon with state felony theft yesterday after claiming that a lost wallet belonged to her.

The owner or the wallet accidentally dropped it outside in the parking lot of Junior's Supermarket in San Juan.  Video surveillance footage shows a man going to pick up the wallet on the ground.  According to police, that's when DeLeon approached the man and told him, "That's my wallet."

Maria Noriega, the owner of the wallet, told police she had nearly $5,000 in cash along with important identification items like her Texas ID and social security card. 

Investigators looked through the store's surveillance footage to determine that DeLeon was the woman who found Noriega's wallet.  San Juan police said DeLeon had the opportunity to turn herself in, but instead it appeared that she intended to keep the wallet for herself when police interrogated her about the wallet.

Of the $4,800 that the owner of the wallet reportedly had before the incident, only $3,300 was recovered. 

San Juan police charged DeLeon with state felony theft due to the high amount of money involved.  She was given a $10,000 PR bond.

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