Man, woman sought in grocery store wallet thefts

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Shoppers beware. A man and woman are being sought in connection with stealing wallets from purses in two grocery carts at two different stores last Friday.

The first theft happened Friday afternoon at Winn-Dixie in the 3900 block of State Road A1A South in St. Augustine Beach. The 58-year-old woman said she had done her grocery shopping and was at the counter to check out when she discovered her wallet missing from her purse.

Video surveillance showed that when the woman was in the produce section, her purse was behind her in the shopping cart. A man stood beside her while a woman was seen removing the victim's wallet from her purse.

The couple left a cart full of groceries in the isle and left the store.

The second theft happened a short time later at Publix in the 900 block of State Road 16. The 81-year-old victim discovered her wallet was removed from her purse in a similar fashion.

Video surveillance at the store captured the same couple in the area, deputies said.

The female thief was described as a black woman between 30-40 years old, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and very thin. She was wearing a dress and a tight nylon cap on her head.

The male suspect was also black, between 25-35 years old, between 6 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall with an average build and well-dressed.

The two were also seen arriving at the store in a silver four-door passenger car.

Anyone with any information concerning the identity of the thieves is asked to call Detective Dave Rosado at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-2161 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).

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