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Suspect sought after elderly woman's purse snatched while grocery shopping

It happened at a Ralphs in Burbank, California

(Photo: Burbank Police Department)
(Photo: Burbank Police Department)

Police in Burbank, California, are asking for help from the public in the hopes of identifying a woman seen on camera stealing a purse from an elderly woman at a grocery store.

The victim was shopping at Ralphs about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday when she stopped her electric scooter and reached up to grab an item from the store shelf, according to the police department.

That's when a woman nearby walked up behind and lifted the victim's purse from the scooter's floorboard and walked away, police said.

The woman was spotted leaving the grocery store in an older, 4-door white sedan with chrome rims that police suggest may be an older model Lexus GS.

Police said the victim's purse was found discarded nearby a short time later, but the victim's credit cards, ID and cash were missing. The credit cards were later used to pay for two large purchases at Target and Lowe's.

Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest is asked to call the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3210. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (800) 222-TIPS instead.

Elderly Woman Has Purse Stolen While Grocery Shopping in Burbank

For those who have not seen this video, here is the full version. Although the Burbank Police Department has received several tips, we have not yet made an arrest. This story has gained International attention and we believe someone, somewhere either knows this person or knows someone who does. The Burbank Police is asking the person responsible for this theft to come forward and turn yourself in. Let's continue to work together to solve this one. Thanks to everyone for their help and all of our partners in media for covering this story. Sergeant Derek Green, Press Information Officer

Posted by Burbank Police Department on Friday, September 15, 2017