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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]
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