St. Petersburg police: Serial purse thief targets local hospitals

ST. PETERSBURG – Police are searching for a serial purse thief who was caught on camera at Bayfront Medical Center.

The suspect, who police described as a black male in his 40s with a bald head and a distinctively large watch on his left wrist, has struck four times, stealing six purses the past two months at the medical center and other local hospitals.

He apparently had the access code to restricted areas of the medical center, police said.

In each case, he stole a woman's purse or took a wallet from a purse, police said. Several credit cards were stolen and were used after the thefts.

Two other thefts occurred at All Children's Hospital and St. Petersburg Maternal Fetal Medicine.

All Children's spokesman Roy Adams issued this statement: "We are aware of the similarities of these incidents, however, All Children's Hospital does not have any evidence that links the suspected purse theft on the Bayfront Medical Center video to any thefts at All Chidren's Hospital. We we will continue to monitor the situation with the St. Petersburg Police Department.''

Police ask anyone with information to call 727-893-7780 or 727-893-7618. Anonymous callers can use the tip line at 727-892-5000.

St. Petersburg police: Serial purse thief targets local hospitals 10/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:44pm]

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