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2 rob Oklahoma couple who came to Wisconsin for transplant

Updated: March 28, 2013 1:40PM



MADISON, Wis. — An Oklahoma couple who came to Wisconsin for an organ transplant became the victims of fraud after thieves stole the wife’s credit card and charged more than $3,000 at Target, Madison police said Thursday.

Roger and Debbie Egleston, of Arcadia, Okla., flew to Madison a few months ago to await a lung transplant for Roger, a Vietnam veteran.

“We have to stay close and we have to be ready,” he told WQOW-TV about the waiting process.

Because they had to leave Oklahoma in a rush, the couple packed only the simplest necessities.

Debbie Egleston, 63, went shopping for the rest at a local Goodwill store March 2. She left her purse in her cart while browsing, and two suspected thieves stole her wallet, police spokesman Howard Payne said.

Within an hour, they used her credit cards to buy more than $3,000 in merchandise and gift cards at a nearby Target store. The two, whose images were captured on store surveillance video, also stole the wallet of a 25-year-old woman and ran up $3,000 on her credit cards, Payne said.

The two suspects were still at large Thursday.

Payne called the crime “heartbreaking.” and asked anyone with information to call police.

“It’s a shame,” Payne said. “A crime shouldn’t be committed, period, but they’re victimizing this family on a whole another level when they’re dealing with this medical condition as well.”

Roger Egleston, whose age Payne didn’t know, told WISC-TV he wasn’t seeking pity.

“We’re not asking for monetary compensation. We’re not asking for mercy. We’re asking for someone to step up and (identify) these folks so they can be arrested,” he said. “We just can’t believe it happened to us, certainly not under these circumstances.”



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