SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Police are warning shoppers to be aware of a man who is creeping up on women and stealing their valuables right out of their purses -- and he's being very bold about it.
Snellville Police released surveillance video of the suspect who stole a woman's wallet from her purse while she was shopping at the Kroger on Highway 124. They're convinced he's done it before.
The video shows a woman shopping; while she's looking for a product in one of the aisles, the man creeps up behind her, reaches into her purse and steals her wallet.
"Her purse is laying in the top basket of the shopping cart and its wide open," said Snellville Police Capt. Carey Roberts.
The woman didn't know her wallet was missing until she went up to the counter to pay for her groceries. She didn't know it was stolen until her credit card company told her someone used her cards at several restaurants and stores at the Shoppes at Webb Gin within a half hour of the robbery.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect in the video, but they also want to alert shoppers to protect their valuables. Capt. Roberts said this crime could have been prevented.
"Either wear it (purse) on your arm, or close it up, or even if you're going to put it in the top part of the shopping cart, close it up and put your hand through one of the straps," he said.
Anyone who might recognize the suspect is asked to call Detective Laura Steele at 770-985-7213.