A woman was caught on camera stealing a wallet from an elderly victim's purse in a Southern California supermarket, police said Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, the Walnut Creek Police Department said a woman and her accomplice "worked in tandem" on Monday to steal the wallet at a local Safeway grocery store. Detectives asked the public for help identifying the two women and included videos of the suspects before and during the theft as well as when they left the store.
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The video taken before the theft showed the victim, wearing a pink sweater, in an aisle, choosing what appeared to be deli meat. One of the suspects, wearing a baseball cap, approached the victim while she turned her back.
The suspect was seen in the video looking around, then walking away. The suspect returned several times, each time looking at the victim, and then looking around. When a shopper began choosing items right next to the elderly woman, the suspect immediately walked away. She came back a short time later and followed the elderly woman as she left the aisle.
The entire time a second woman was seen trailing the suspect in the baseball cap.
The theft video showed the woman in the baseball cap sneaking her hand into the elderly woman's purse while she had her back turned and grabbing what appears to be a wallet as her alleged accomplice looked on. The two then walked off.
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The post on the Walnut Creek Police Department's Facebook page has dozens of comments, with several people calling the alleged theft "disgusting" and "sad."
Facebook user Laura Miyasaki commented , "Let's keep on sharing the video of them stealing from a poor innocent lady totally unaware of what is happening to her. So SAD. I hope you catch them soon. "
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The video, which was posted Wednesday morning, was shared 115 times by the evening.