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Fairfax police seek ‘office creeper’

A man police describe as an "office creeper" has been targeting doctor's offices in McLean and Falls Church stealing purses and wallets from patients.

Fairfax County police said the man has posed as a maintenance worker and hit at least seven offices since June.

The most recent theft was reported Sept. 20 at an office in the 8000 block of Arlington Boulevard. A patient at the office placed his belongings into a storage cubby before his appointment for physical therapy. When he returned to retrieve his belongings, his wallet was missing.

At the time, police said a man was seen walking around the area looking at vents and acting as though he was on a maintenance call.

Three other thefts have been reported in the 8000 block of Arlington Boulevard and three more in the 8000 block of Leesburg Pike, police said. Investigators believe a man seen close to the time of the latest theft could be related to the other thefts as well.

Police described the man as in his late 20s, wearing blue work pants, blue shirt and neon green traffic vest. They said the stolen credit cards have been used as gas stations in the D.C. area.

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