Police: Woman drained family's bank account of $30,000

ATLANTA — Police are searching for a woman they say walked into a local bank posing as someone else and wiped out more than $32,000 of the family's savings.

The family told Channel 2’s Matt Belanger that the woman went to the bank armed with a stolen Social Security number, fake ID and credit card.  %



Now police want the public's help catching her before she can do it again.

"It's frightening. It makes us angry. And it's scary," said theft victim Kara Stewart.

Stewart and her husband, Wes, told Belanger at first they thought it was a mistake, when three of their accounts suddenly had zero balances at the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Roswell Road in Buckhead.

"Her savings and our two children's savings had been drained completely," said Wes Stuart.

The theft happened in February. But police just released photos taken from surveillance video at the bank.

They say the woman in the pictures used Kara's name and knew her Social Security number, showed the teller a fake Florida ID and even had an American Express card in Kara's name.

"The alarming thing is she knew a lot of personal information," Kara told Belanger.

Police say the woman withdrew more than $32,000 in cash from three of the family's savings accounts at the bank.

"We don't know if she's been casing or stalking us as a family. We've gone through all of the emotions," Kara said.

They hope someone recognizes her and calls police.

"She knew things about us personally and drained our children's savings accounts, so if she's willing to do that to us, she's willing to do it to others and we don't want that to happen to anyone else," Wes said.

Police ask if anyone recognizes the woman to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. You can also submit a tip online.