Grandmother Charged With Lifting Wallet at School Assembly

A Glen Burnie grandmother was charged with theft for reportedly stealing a teacher's wallet during an assembly at Marley Elementary School.

Theresa Sayles of Glen Burnie was charged with theft for reportedly stealing a teacher's wallet during a school assembly. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police
Theresa Sayles of Glen Burnie was charged with theft for reportedly stealing a teacher's wallet during a school assembly. Credit: Anne Arundel County Police

The grandmother of a student at Marley Elementary School was charged with theft and banned from the school for allegedly stealing a teacher’s wallet during an assembly Tuesday morning, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

The grandmother was identified as Theresa Yvonne Sayles, 49, of 128 Southbridge Drive Apartment C, in Glen Burnie.

Police were called to the elementary school on the 700 block of Cooper Road in Glen Burnie just before 11 a.m. School employees say Sayles went into an empty classroom during the assembly and was confronted by a teacher.

After Sayles returned to the assembly in the cafeteria, police said, the teacher realized her wallet was missing. The victim allegedly saw Sayles holding the wallet in the cafeteria and rummaging through it, police say. Sayles was reportedly seen taking something out of the wallet and throwing it into a trash can.

The wallet was retrieved and money was missing from it.

Sayles was then arrested and charged with theft under $100 and disturbing school activities.

According to the Maryland Judiciary website, Sayles has previously been charged with five counts of theft of less than $500, disorderly conduct, first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, attempted fourth-degree burglary, and concealing a deadly weapon among other charges dating back to 1992, reports CBS DC.

PH March 27, 2014 at 01:28 PM
What a lousy excuse for a grandmother! If I were the parents, I'd never ever allow her anywhere near my child(ren) again. Did the parents know of the previous charges? This thief should do time for this.
Eva Whitley March 27, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Who steals from a teacher, anyway? How many teachers have any kind of money to speak of? Now, a financial analyst, THAT would have been worth her while!
Michele March 27, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Nice example for her children & grandchildren.
Steven Spiegel March 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Just another example of what drugs do to our society . When will it all end ? I believe that drugs have our jails full and what we really need is education for our youth and also re habilitation for the addicts . If we could set our jails up as rehabs for the people coming in for drugs and give them a 3 month sentence there for the first offence in sure it would help drastically on the problem of addiction . I have always had a heart even in my addiction and could not bring myself to steal from anyone also I made good money as a mason my whole adult life . I was taught better then that from my parents then to steal from another person . But if not for my job I would not know what I would do to get money to get well as we called it back then. I just think if we treated addicts in our county jails it would help a lot with getting people back on track. The only thing I learned in jail was how to talk about what drugs I was going to do when I got back on the street .
sonia stewart March 31, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I wonder if this is the same woman who made the rounds in PG County schools when my kids were young. I was shocked when my daughter told me her 1st grade teacher's purse was stolen. Not longer after, another teacher was saying how his was crying because his wife's wallet was stolen with photos that could never be replaced. Later I saw in the news that a woman would use the ruse of bringing a forgotten lunch to a classroom, do her criminal deeds and throw the purse in the dumpster. After her short vacation in jail, she went right back to her chosen vocation. Hopefully her photo will be posted everywhere.


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