Woman steals from KFC customer who offered to buy her meal, police say

MADISON, Wis. - A woman stole money from a stranger who offered to buy her a meal at a fast-food restaurant on Madison's east side Tuesday, police said. 

Madison police said an 81-year-old Madison woman was at the KFC on East Washington Avenue at 4:15 p.m. when she met a woman, 36-year-old Stacy M. Andruss, who told her she was homeless.

According to the report, the older woman, who is a regular customer at the KFC, offered to buy a meal for Andruss. While she was getting the food, Andruss got into the victim's purse.

Police said the older woman sat with Andruss for a bit before Andruss left. When the woman was leaving, she realized her money and checkbook were missing.

KFC staff members had a feeling something was amiss and had kept an eye on Andruss, who was across the street, police said. One employee went out to confront her as police were called. The woman's cash and checkbook were returned to her and Andruss was taken to jail.

"Shows me to never be nice to people again," the victim told police. 

Police said Andruss told the arresting officer that she was sorry for what she had done.

Andruss was arrested on suspicion of theft, carrying a concealed knife, possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole violation.

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