BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Since March, Biloxi Police have been working to catch a pickpocket who was targeting women with big purses at IP Casino.
Video surveillance cameras inside the casino's elevators caught two of the thefts on tape in March, then again in May. In each of those incidents, the thief got away with wallets containing more than $1,000. They also caught several other attempts that were less successful. Each time, he was seen leaving the scene in a black Dodge Charger.
Friday around noon, police said their suspect showed up again at the casino elevator. They watched him unsuccessfully try to steal wallets, and located that same black car in the parking garage. As Richard Curtis Childs stepped off the elevator and walked toward his car, Biloxi Police were waiting to give him a ride in their car.
Childs, 52, from Gulfport, is charged with two counts of Grand Larceny. Friday, he was being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.
Police said their investigation is still underway, and anyone with more information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. You can also give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.