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July 4, 2014

Salem woman charged with picking pocket of Good Samaritan

SALEM — The woman who tapped at the gate of a Boardman Street backyard late one night last month told the resident that she was stranded in Salem and asked if he could help.

After the man walked with her to the Eastern Bank branch at Pickering Wharf, withdrew money and then got her a cab, the woman gave him a “thank-you” hug — and stole his wallet from his back pocket, police say.

Kymber Thomas, 46, of 82 Derby St., Salem, pleaded not guilty yesterday during her arraignment in Salem District Court to charges of larceny from a person, receiving stolen property and attempting to commit a crime.

It was just after midnight on June 4 when police got a call from the man, reporting that his wallet had been stolen.

He explained to police that he had been out with friends that evening, then went home and was sitting on his back porch when a woman appeared and asked if he could help her with cab fare back to Saugus.

Though he didn’t know her, he agreed to walk with her to an ATM several blocks away to withdraw cash. Then he got her a cab. The woman got in briefly, then got out, saying she was uncomfortable. The man got her another cab.

As the cab pulled up, the woman — later identified as Thomas — told the man she wanted to give him a hug as a way of saying thanks. Then she began walking away, down Congress Street, without getting into the cab.

It was only after he began walking back home that he realized his wallet was missing, he told police.

The patrolman who took the report told him to cancel his debit and credit cards immediately, and he did. He later learned from his bank that someone had tried to use the cards twice in the hours after the theft at the same Eastern Bank branch as well as the Beverly Cooperative Bank branch nearby.

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