Madison County, Ill (KSDK) -- A Greenville, Illinois woman is suspected of robbing several residents in the Metro East of gas money.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office said the Madison County prosecutors charged Linda Towell, 47, with robbery.
She is accused of going to a 90-year-old woman's Godfrey home Monday night and said she wanted to pay her back $40 for gas that she borrowed in 2010. The victim told the sheriff's office, the suspect then asked to borrow more money for gas, so she gave her some money. When the victim hugged the suspect, the Towell allegedly reached in her purse and stole money.
Towell then allegedly ran out of the home and drove off.
The sheriff's office said Towell is also suspected of pulling a similar act at an Alton home on May 30.
Towell is suspected in two additional cases, according to the Sheriff's Office. Investigators said in those incidents she allegedly told victims fake stories about sick family members and needing gas money. They said the money was actually being used to buy drugs.
The sheriff's office said Towell was on parole when the most recent crimes happened. She was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for entering a home under false pretenses and stealing money in 2010.
Anyone with additional information or who may have been victimized by Towell is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 618-692-3000.