Chesterfield Police are issuing a warning after a mother's purse is stolen while shopping at a local mall. The thief didn’t waste any time using what's inside and it was all caught on camera.
“The images were very clear,” said Chesterfield County Police Detective Kevin Bacon.
The case is featured on the Chesterfield Crime Solvers website under the headline "Mom? Can we go stealing? Um...i mean shopping?"
Detectives are searching a woman pictured on the site. They say she charged $800 on credit cards she stole from a lady shopping at Chesterfield Towne Center.
“They were used all over the area - mainly in Chesterfield County,” said Bacon.
Police say the thief entered the TJ Maxx store and found a woman who was trying on clothes. The woman had left her purse inside her cart. According to detectives, the thief grabbed the purse then left the store.
The woman allegedly drove down the street to Wal-mart. Sometime between the TJ Maxx and Wal-mart she took credit cards and gift cards out of the purse. She then went inside the store and is accused of spending them then throwing the purse in a trash can.
“Modern technology is making surveillance images that much better,” said Bacon.
Those images will hopefully lead to an arrest as police remind all women to never leave your purse out of sight while shopping.
“It only takes a second for the thief to grab that purse and walk away,” said Bacon. “The victims don't always realize right away that their purse has been taken.”
Police want to hear from you if you know who the woman is. You can leave a tip on the Crimesolvers website where you’ll also find several other unsolved cases. Visit here.
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