Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Largo police ask for public's help to identify wallet snatcher

Largo police want to identify this man who they say has snatched wallets from at least three women since June 8.

Largo Police Department

Largo police want to identify this man who they say has snatched wallets from at least three women since June 8.

Police are asking the public to help identify a serial wallet snatcher who has struck at least three times since June 8.

The man, whose thefts have been caught on video, is black, in his early to mid 30s, and 6 feet tall with a slim, muscular build, authorities said. He is bald or has a shaved head.

The man stalks his female victims and waits for them to become distracted before he snatches wallets from their purses, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

Two of the thefts took place at Publix supermarkets, one at 857 West Bay Drive and another at 12022 Indian Rocks Road. The third happened at Wal-Mart at 1111 N Missouri Ave.

In video captured on a surveillance camera during one of the Publix thefts, the man rolls a grocery cart down an aisle and watches a woman as she looks at items in a freezer case. He parks his cart and reaches his hand out toward the woman's purse, which is sitting in her cart. He walks away when the woman seems to turn slightly, then goes over to a cooler and takes out some beer.

As the woman continues to look in the freezer, the man walks back over, grabs something from her purse, then leaves his grocery cart and walks out of view.

Police are hoping the high-quality video will help generate leads, Loux said.

No weapons are evident on the videotapes and no one has been injured.

Detective B. Arlington of the Largo Police Department's Investigative Services Division is asking anyone with information about the man's identity to call (727) 587-6728.

Largo police ask for public's help to identify wallet snatcher 07/07/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 2:14am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Editorial: Scott should keep demanding better for seniors in nursing homes

    Editorials

    The horrific story of elderly Floridians dying from the heat in a Broward County nursing home after surviving Hurricane Irma grows more outrageous. Even as a ninth death has been reported, the nursing home blames the state and has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott's move to prevent it from accepting new …

    Even as a ninth death has been reported, the nursing home blames the state and has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Rick Scott’s move to prevent it from accepting new patients or Medicaid payments.
  2. DCF announces $133 million in federal aid for low-income families who lost food during Irma

    Hurricanes

    An additional $133 million is being distributed to Florida low-income families to help replace food destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Children and Families announced today.

    The United States Department of Agriculture has made $133 million available to Florida low-income families to help them replace food damaged during Hurricane Irma
  3. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Luis Flores, executive chef at Ciccio Restaurant Group, prepares an Impossible Burger at Epicurean Hotel's Food Theatre. Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that will launch on Sept. 27, 2017 in all the Ciccio Restaurant Group locations, except for Fresh Kitchen. "This burger caters to the carnivorous, not just the vegetarians" said Jeff Gigante, co-founder at Ciccio Restaurant Group. ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  4. Plan your weekend: Sept. 22-24: Buffyfest, Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust 108 and 'Rent'

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Pop show

    Florida Björkestra's Buffyfest: Pop culture meets pop music when the Florida Björkestra, a 20-piece alternative-classical ensemble that tributes ground-breaking pop artists, on Saturday will play with eight vocalists for "Once More with …

    The 20th anniversary tour of RENT, shown in 2016, comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 19-24, 2017. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
  5. Chris Archer, 25,000 Cubs fans and Tampa Bay's painful truth

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest ovation inside Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was returning for the first time since managing the Rays.

    "W" flags fly in the stands after the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]