Grand Theft Suspects Who Stole Wallet from Local Grocery Store

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Grand Theft Suspects Who Stole Wallet from Local Grocery Store
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Suspects 1, 2, and 3 (Photo: SBPD)

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind its citizens to please be aware of their surroundings while shopping in local grocery stores and the potential for leaving purses or wallets accessible in shopping carts. 

A Santa Barbara resident reported on Wednesday that she was recently the victim of grand theft when the suspects came into possession of her wallet while she was shopping at a local grocery store.  The suspects (see attached photos) worked together as a team to distract the victim and remove her wallet from her purse which had been in her shopping cart just an arm’s reach away.  Within an hour, the victim’s credit cards and identification had been used at a local Chase Bank branch to empty her bank account and to attempt large purchases at the Apple Store.

The modus operandi is well known to detectives and the crews of suspects -- in most cases working nationwide crime sprees -- are difficult to identify and apprehend. 

The suspects are experienced in selecting potential victims, assuming their identity, and deflecting questions from bank and store employees. After securing a wallet, the suspects usually pass it off to an accomplice in the parking lot who then assumes the identity of the victim for a brief period of time to use credit cards, checks, and access bank accounts for maximum loss -- usually in less than an hour -- and on occasion, before the victim even realizes the wallet has been taken.

Do not be a victim!

  • Take only the cash, bank card, or credit card needed to make the purchase and keep it on your person;
  • Wear a small purse with a strap that can be worn on your body when you shop;
  • If you feel someone is uncomfortably close to you or unusually attentive to your activity, move out of the area and report to store employees;
  • If you believe you have been the victim of a crime, immediately report the incident to local law enforcement and your bank and credit card companies

If you have any information regarding the depicted suspects, please contact Detective Heather Clark at (805) 897-2331 or hclark@sbpd.com, or call anonymously to (805) 897-2386.

 

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a-1573848017 Sep 28, 2018 12:39 AM
Grand Theft Suspects Who Stole Wallet from Local Grocery Store

People still mock fanny packs. I'm in my late 50's and think like a young 'un, and hate "purses." Fanny packs are good. Also, don't be trusting or thoughtless. Protect yourself! Leaving a bag/purse in a cart is like leaving your car unlocked or the door wide open. Take personal responsibility.

SBCountyLocal Sep 27, 2018 11:49 AM
Grand Theft Suspects Who Stole Wallet from Local Grocery Store

Two years ago my Mom was in Santa Maria when a "nice" woman helped her get her groceries out of her cart into her car. She took her wallet and all the cash she had. Moral of the story. DON'T TRUST ANYONE.

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