COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A simple mistake leads to heartache and one huge hassle for a Columbus woman, and now she has a warning for other shoppers to stay safe this holiday season.
Amy Calloway, mother of three, is still shocked and upset after accidentally leaving her wallet at a store counter and having someone steal it, and the suspect is still on the loose.
On Saturday shortly before noon, Calloway checked out at a Goodwill register in Columbus.
During the checkout process, she said the cashier handed her the receipt that she put in her wallet.
Amy then left the store and headed to the bank, but she realized her wallet wasn't in her purse.
"My wallet was stolen by an elderly woman behind me," Calloway said.
She frantically back tracked to the store where she left her wallet.
Managers allowed the theft victim to watch and record the surveillance video.
"She had opened the envelope with my children's Christmas money, and gave her "grandchildren" some cash out of my envelope, and she walked around and paid for her items with my money," Calloway said.
Bridgette Russell, Goodwill communications specialist, said the company is working with authorities on this crime.
She also said this can happen to anyone, so be aware of your surroundings, especially during the busy holiday season.
"We just encourage people to stay vigilant about their surroundings to try and hold their bags a little tighter to them," Russell said.
If you have any information you're asked to call Columbus police.