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Berkeley County deputies ID suspects in stolen Chinese tourists' passports case

Pierre Matthews [L], Karen Whack (Berkeley County Sheriff's Office).jpg
Pierre Matthews [L], Karen Whack (Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

Berkeley County investigators with the public's help have identified two people accused of stealing the belongings of two Chinese tourists, including their passports. Now, the sheriff's office is asking for people help them locate the suspects.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says the two Chinese tourists had stopped at a McDonald's in Summerville on their way to New York, and accidentally left behind a bag containing their passports and money.

The two people accused of taking the couple's bag were sitting right next to the couple in the restaurant, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspects have been identified as Karen Whack, 61, (AKA: Karen Webb, Karen Moore) and Pierre Benet Matthews, 57 (AKA: Pere Benet Matthews).

Both suspects are known to frequent the Summerville area, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

If you know where Whack or Matthews may be, or if you see them, please contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4465, or CrimeStoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.


Berkeley County sheriff's deputies say two tourists from China are stranded in the United States after their passports were stolen.

They were at a McDonald's in Summerville on June 19 when two people allegedly took their handbag, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say both of their passports were in the handbag.

The tourists are unable to leave without replacements for their passports.

Police say the tourists have now been stuck in the United States for a week.

Police are investigating the crime. If you know anything about where the two people in the photo are, please contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at (843)-719-4465, or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at (843)-554-1111.