Police: Transgender Thief Stealing From Purses


Purses Removed From Hooks In Bathroom Stalls

Lacey Township, NJ – Police said a transgender thief has been stealing from women’s purses at a rest stop along the Garden State Parkway.

Authorities said that all of the incidents happened on weekends at the same rest stop. They said they zeroed in on the suspect after witnesses described seeing a larger woman with somewhat masculine features.

“She does use numerous aliases, including multiple male and female names,” said Trooper John Street of the New Jersey State Police.

New Jersey State Police said the suspect is 49-year-old Gwendolyn Scott. Born a man, according to authorities, the transgender suspect is now accused of stealing more than $3,000 from women using the restroom at the Forked River service area in Lacey Township.

“She looks like a female. She’s using that opportunity to victimize women within the female restroom,” Street said.

Investigators believe Scott is responsible for eight theft cases at the Ocean County rest stop that have been reported since May. The victims said money, credit cards, blank checks and drivers licenses were stolen after their handbags were inconspicuously removed from hooks on restroom stall doors.