Wal-Mart shopper accused of stealing teen’s dropped wallet

A Wal-Mart shopper is accused of stealing a wallet dropped by a Bergen County teen that contained funds the teen was planning on using to buy her recently widowed grandmother a Christmas gift.

Emily Moriarty, 15, was shopping with her mother in the Riverdale Wal-Mart when she dropped her wallet. A woman shopper several feet away is seen on surveillance video kicking the wallet and then picking it up.

"I actually felt like sick to my stomach because it's the holiday season. It's about giving, and this woman took my money," Moriarty says.

The wallet contained about $125 that the teen had recently received for her birthday. She was shopping for a Christmas gift for her grandmother.

"My grandfather passed away just three weeks ago, and it's my grandma's first Christmas without him in 69 years of them being married," Moriarty says.

When they noticed that the wallet was missing, the teen and her mother asked Wal-Mart management if they could see the surveillance video, and that's when they saw the woman take the wallet.

"I think we were all stunned when we saw what the woman had done," says mom Toni Moriarty. "And I've got to be honest with you, I was upset at first with [my daughter] because I thought she misplaced it."

The woman is next seen on video leaving the Wal-Mart after picking up the wallet. Riverdale police say that they are investigating it as a theft.

Wal-Mart has given Moriarty a $125 gift card because of the theft, but she says that she will not keep it. She says she will donate it to her church to help those who are less fortunate.

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