Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Linda Towell: B.S. Beggar Charged with Theft in Illinois

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:10 AM

click to enlarge Linda Towell: Imagine her at your door -- and it's not Halloween!
  • Linda Towell: Imagine her at your door -- and it's not Halloween!
She'd knock on the doors of Metro East homes with a hard-luck story about needing money so she could visit her mother in a St. Louis hospital. Unbeknown to homeowners, was that the woman on their doorstep was recently paroled from prison for burglary and that her cockamamie tale about her mother was utter fabrication.

But, hey, panhandlers make up B.S. stories all the time. What set Linda Towell apart from others is that she wasn't satisfied with the money kind strangers gave her. Towell wanted more, and on at least three occasions -- according to police -- stole additional money from the very people trying to help her.

Yesterday the Madison County Sheriff's Department charged the 45-year-old Towell, of Greenville, with three counts of felony theft.

As the Alton Telegraph reports today, Towell allegedly stole money from at least three people who'd already given her cash and in once incident knocked the phone away from a victim who was trying to call the police. Per the Alton paper:
She allegedly took money from a victim's purse when the victim walked out of a room. In another case, the money had been left out in the open. In the third case, Towell allegedly came to the victim's home twice and took money while the victim was not looking.
The sheriff's department said it had received more than 25 complaints about Towell since she first began showing up on doorsteps earlier this month. In December Towell was paroled from the Illinois Department of Correction on a burglary sentence.

She's being held in Madison County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation