CORRECTION: Prolific Pickpocket Arrested by Portland Police for 17 Felony Charges

CORRECTION: Prolific Pickpocket Arrested by Portland Police for 17 Felony Charges

July 26, 2013 10:40


The jail booking log incorrectly lists Cheryl Golphin as 38 years old. Cheryl is actually 46 years old.



On Thursday July 25, 2013, Portland Police arrested 46-year-old Cheryl Golphin on numerous charges related to theft and fraud.

Detectives have investigated several cases where victims were losing credit and debit cards only to later discover that someone was using them to purchase gift cards and designer handbags.

Detectives learned that Golphin was approaching unsuspecting victims in cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores and stealing their credit cards without them knowing. In many cases, Golphin was able to retrieve the credit cards and return the wallets without the victim knowing.

Detectives believe that Golphin could be involved in several other cases in the Portland Metro area and continuing to investigate reports.

Golphin is described as an African American female, 5'3" tall, 230 pounds, and walks with a limp.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind people to keep their identity and credit cards on their person or secure when in public places. If victims discover their property missing, they are encouraged to call the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333 or file a report online by visiting

Golphin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on 17 felony charges, including Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Identity Theft.

Golphin will be arraigned today, Friday July 26, 2013.

Anyone with information about Golphin or additional cases she may be involved in should contact Detective Travis Fields by email, or (503) 823-0400.


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