Ocean Springs Woman Wants Her Money Back - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/05/04

Ocean Springs Woman Wants Her Money Back

Maureen O'Conner cashed her disability check of $568 Wednesday afternoon, which is no different than what she does each month. But the routine changed when she stopped at a convenience store afterwards.

"I went in there with the envelope of cash in hand, thinking if I got it in my hand, nobody is going to bother with it. So I walked in and got in line with about seven people, and by the time I got up to the cashier, I told her I wanted to get gas. She gave me the change back. I went in the envelope to get the money for her to purchase the gas."

O'Conner says she also bought a few other things. So, with both hands full, she walked out - forgetting the envelope of cash on the counter.

"It took me about five minutes to figure out what I did. I came back and I ran in there frantically, and nobody had seen anything," said O'Conner.

A surveillance camera did see something. The store manager says a man was caught on tape sticking the envelope in his pocket and leaving.

O'Conner admits she made a mistake carrying the cash into the store.

"I know I was stupid to lay it down there, but I'd like to think that I'm living in a world where people would say, 'Lady, look what you've got here.' I've done it before, I know everybody has left a key behind or something. But to think that somebody would walk up and get on camera doing it right behind me and grab it and put it in his pocket. That check is my living for the coming month and without it, I have absolutely nothing. Nothing to live on," said O'Conner.

The surveillance tape is not being released. However, the man seen taking the envelope is described as a 5 foot 7 inch white male with dark hair who was wearing a ball cap and a dark shirt.

Gautier Police are investigating the incident.

By Karla Redditte

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