Wylie Purse Thief Targets Elderly Women

Purse thief caught on surveillance video using stolen cards

By Catherine Ross
|  Thursday, Jan 17, 2013  |  Updated 5:25 PM CDT
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Wylie police are asking for your help stopping a pair of purse snatchers, one of them was caught on camera using a  credit card from a stolen purse. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter

Wylie police are asking for your help stopping a pair of purse snatchers, one of them was caught on camera using a credit card from a stolen purse. Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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Police in Wylie are looking for a woman who was caught on tape stealing purses and using stolen credit cards.

Lt. Scott Stowers said the incidents began in the late fall.

"They're usually innocent victims," he said. "They're alone, they're shopping, and they turn their head for one minute in the store."

All of the victims are elderly women, Stowers said.

"It's not a young, viable person that may confront her," he said. "She's gone and grabs it before they even turn around. They don't even know what happen to them."

Surveillance video shows a woman using a stolen card five minutes after the purse was stolen to buy gas, beer, and cigarettes at a nearby store. The woman is brunette, in her 20s, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 150 pounds.

Police said they also have found the woman on camera at a Ross store in Wylie, where she charged more than $570 to a stolen card.

"She's wearing the same clothing in both of the videos that we have of her, in both locations, so it's really easy to pick her out," Stowers said.

Police also have video of an apparent getaway car, a late model Buick Regal with a damaged front end and a missing front license plate.

The driver is a thin man possibly in his 20s.

Police believe the man and woman are local and may be responsible for other incidents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS or the Wylie police Criminal Investigations Division at 972-442-8174.

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