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Baltimore restroom thief sentenced to 21 years

A Baltimore woman who led a scheme to steal women's wallets as they were using public restrooms was sentenced Monday to more than 21 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Ida Mae Snipe, 29, who also goes by Ida Mae Weathers, was an experienced pickpocket who would steal wallets from women's purses hung on restroom stall doors. She would also often use accomplices who would distract the women from the theft by asking for toilet paper.

Using stolen credit cards, Snipe and her co-conspirators would buy personal items, or gift cards or expensive merchandise to resell. They targeted stores like the Target in Pikesville and the Sears at White Marsh Mall.

The scheme began in 2007 and dozens of women and banks collectively lost more than $150,000. Snipe, who was arrested in late 2012, was also ordered to pay restitution in that amount.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Nicole Roles, Sharon Curtis, Crystal Barner, Maureen Brown Little, and Nefeteria Jamison, all of Baltimore, have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme.

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