Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Bossier City police and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for help with finding a woman who was caught on video stealing a purse and later using the victim’s credit card at one of several local businesses.
One video shows the suspect, who appears to be a woman, taking the purse out of a shopping cart while the victim had her back turned at the Walmart store in the 2500 block of Airline Drive in October. The suspect can then be seen walking out of the store attempting to conceal the stolen purse under what is believed to be her own purse.
Later that same day, the suspect used a stolen credit card belonging to the victim to make unauthorized purchases for more than $1000 at several local businesses before the victim could cancel the account. One of those transactions was caught on security camera video.
Bossier City police say this crime demonstrates how easy and quick it can be for criminals to steal and serves as a reminder to be particularly watchful ofpurses, wallets, cell phones and other personal belongings while shopping, especially during the upcoming holiday season. While it can be easy to fall victim to a crime like this is just as easy to prevent it from happening. Police say you can deter pursesnatchers and pickpockets by carrying a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps or leaving it unattended in shopping car. Wallets should be placed inside a coat or front pants pocket.
Anyone who can help police identify this suspect is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100. They can also submit a web tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers websitebossiercrimestoppers.org. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous.