NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Buyer beware.
A shopper at an Associated Supermarket in the Bronx found out the hard way the dangers of turning her back on her purse.
The incident – which was captured on surveillance video – took place June 20 at 3:45 p.m.
The video shows a woman in the produce section turn her back on her shopping cart briefly. The woman’s purse is resting in the top portion of the cart.
A man and a woman, who were apparently also shopping in aisle, noticed the victim’s wallet in her purse.
One suspect is seen on surveillance video talking on her cell phone. Police say she’s a black woman, about 5’4″ tall, 130 pounds, with long black hair in braids. She was wearing white pants, a tan blouse and white glasses.
While the victim’s back is turned at the produce aisle, the woman with long hair can be seen swiftly reaching into the victim’s purse and plucking out her wallet. The long haired woman then hastily makes her way out of the store.
Her accomplice is a black man, about 5’5″ and 150 pounds, police said. He has a dark complexion and was last seen wearing a black Yankees baseball cap, black glasses, a green checkered button-down shirt, white cargo shorts and sneakers.
The pair took off southbound on 3rd Avenue and used the victim’s credit card to go shopping at several locations in the Port Morris, Mott Haven and Melrose neighborhoods, police said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.
All calls are kept confidential.
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