Delray Beach police investigators stumped over suspected identity thief's gender

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Is she a she or is she a he?

Delray Beach police are asking that question about a "subject" who's wanted for cashing at least six stolen checks throughout Palm Beach County.

Police released bank surveillance photos Wednesday that show the person wearing a fitted suit jacket and a necklace in an SUV at a drive-through bank window. "She" also appears to have breasts and long, black hair pulled back in a ponytail.

Whether she is a woman, or a man dressed up as a woman, remains a mystery, said Detective Gary Ferreri.

"It's hard to tell," Ferreri said. "From some angles she looks female and from some angles she looks like a male."

It's not the first time police in Palm Beach County have dealt with gender uncertainty while fighting crime. In January 2011, police nabbed four men who robbed a Home Depot store in Boynton Beach while pepper spraying employees. Two of them were cross dressers, police said.

To avoid gender confusion in their news release about the check fraud, Delray Beach police non-gender-specifically referred to their identity thief as a "subject."

The woman, or man, cashed a check stolen during a March 2 home burglary in the Lake Forest neighborhood, Ferreri said. Surveillance video at a TD Bank branch at Linton Boulevard and North Military Trail shows her/him cashing one of those checks.

The clean-cut criminal has also been seen doing the same thing with stolen checks from Boca Raton and Lantana at other TD Bank branches around Palm Beach County, Ferreri said.

The she-man always is pictured driving the same Kia Sportage. She/he has been cashing the checks with identification stolen from a woman in Delaware. Cara Clucas was the victim of a January car burglary in Delaware, where her identification was stolen.

Ferreri said he's received tips about the case, but could use more. He urges anyone with information about the subject's identity to call him at 561-243-7868.

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