Remember that woman accused of brazenly stealing a wallet from the office of an administrative judge at the Montgomery County District Courthouse?

Well, the administrative judge wasn't the only victim. According to a recently filed search warrant affidavit, the same woman strolled into the 11th-floor offices of the U.S. Marshals Service headquarters in Arlington and swiped a wallet from a senior official.

The woman also burglarized wallets from offices at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, the U.S. State Department in Arlington and a Pentagon employee in Arlington, documents said.

It's unclear why the targets all worked for the government, but one co-conspirator told investigators that the woman carried a blue lanyard with an identification card to appear like she was someone who belonged inside office buildings, according to a police affidavit.

The Washington Examiner has chosen not to identify the suspect because the woman has not been charged. Federal agents served a search warrant on the woman's Suitland home last week.

Authorities said the woman was part of a ring that stole purses and wallets from innocent government employees to be used in check fraud schemes around Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

Police said the woman racked up nearly $25,000 in charges over five months. She reportedly kept the stolen IDs in her 1995 Chevrolet, behind the upholstery in the trash-filled trunk. A conspirator said the woman intentionally kept the trunk in disarray to throw off any searches.

In December, the woman drove a friend to a job interview at the State Department offices in Arlington. When the friend returned from the interview, she reportedly learned that the suspect had stolen a purse from one of the offices, and the two went to an electronics store and bought $621 worth of merchandise, including a hand-held video game and iPod Touch.

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