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Police seek woman accused of stealing from adults with special needs; victims speaks out

Charleston police are still searching for a woman accused of targeting victims who have special needs, including Artie Taylor. (WCHS/WVAH)

Charleston police are still searching for a woman accused of targeting victims who have special needs and stealing from them.

Artie Taylor is a popular guy around Charleston, known by many people for his kindness and regularly giving money to people who need it, but this week his generosity was taken advantage of.

Taylor has worked as a greeter for the YMCA for 18 years.

"I work hard for my money," Taylor said.

He never hesitates to help out a person in need.

"He's just a genuinely kind person, he's very trusting and probably a little too trusting, but that's just the kind of person he is," YMCA Communications Director, Anthony Lewis said.

Artie keeps his wallet in his front pocket, but he's unable to get it to it himself. So, when a woman, Artie said he has know for years asked him for a few dollars to buy a drink at the Charleston Town Center, he of course, said yes.

"I tell her where my money is you know, and there you have it, she sneaks my money out of my wallet, you know that's not right," Taylor said.

Police said Tammy Jordan is suspected of taking off with more than $100.00 from Artie.

"The thing about it is, if she would have asked him for the full about of money that was in his wallet, he probably would have gave it to her without even hesitating if he thought that she needed it. Just the fact that she took it upon herself to leave him with a couple dollars and take over $100.00 is pretty disgusting," Lewis said.

Artie said his generosity should not be taken advantage of.

"I'm getting sick of you doing this to me, I am...never mess with Artie Taylor," Taylor said.

Police said Jordan, 52, is wanted on active warrants for petit larceny, according to a news release from the department. If you know anything about her whereabouts, call Charleston police.

Jordan, who police said is homeless and frequents the Transit Mall area, is suspected of committing a similar offence against another disabled man in the mall on May 4.

Anyone with information on Jordan’s whereabouts is encouraged to call police at 304-348-8111.

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