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Police identify suspect in the Cat Man case

By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
September 1, 1999

Tucson police have identified the man who used a credit card stolen in a burglary attributed to the "Cat Man" - a suspected serial burglar and sexual offender.

Sgt. Judy Altieri, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman, said they have identified a man pictured in surveillance photos using the stolen credit card.

Police said the man in the photo is Wayman Walker, 50, a light-skinned black man weighing about 220 to 230 pounds.

But police are stressing that Walker has not been formally charged with any of the crimes related to the Cat Man.

"We're not prepared to say he's the Cat Man," Altieri said.

Police have a warrant for Walker's arrest in association with a burglary on Aug. 1 in the area of North Santa Rita Avenue and East Lee Street.

According to police, the suspect stole the victim's wallet, which contained a credit card. Later that day, Walker used the stolen credit card at a Target store, 3901 W. Ina Rd., and at a Kmart store, 4075 W. Ina Rd., police said.

On Thursday, police held a press conference releasing the surveillance pictures of Walker using the credit card.

Altieri said the detectives on the case worked through the weekend on numerous leads but do not have anyone in custody.

The felony warrant is for charges of burglary, credit card theft and theft by control and fraud.

The Cat Man is a reported serial burglar and sexual offender who has been victimizing the midtown area since 1992. TPD has 13 cases on record attributed to the Cat Man.

In all cases, a man entered the residences of single women while they were sleeping and stole jewelry, money and purses. In some cases, the man has sexually assaulted the victims.

According to police, the man was dubbed the Cat Man because he meets the definition of a cat burglar.

Altieri said anyone with information on Walker can call 88-CRIME.

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