Sacto 9-1-1
November 7, 2012
Purse contents purloined at Roseville grocery stores

Thieves have targeted shoppers at Roseville grocery stores.

A Roseville police public safety release notes two instances of thefts from shoppers last week in which thieves grabbed items out of shoppers' purses.

The first occurred Oct. 30 at a grocery store in Roseville Square when someone took items from a purse in a shopping cart. The thief reached into the purse and took a wallet, cash, ID and credit cards.

A second theft occurred Nov. 1 when police said two men worked together to distract and then steal from shoppers at a grocery store on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. One of the men engaged women in conversation about shopping, while the other tried to reach into purses.

During the Nov. 1 incident, a security officer detained one of the men when he saw him take a cell phone from a woman's purse. The 29-year-old Fair Oaks man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and committing a felony while out of jail on bail for another felony.

His alleged accomplice fled from the store.

Police advise shoppers to keep purses closed and keep an eye or hand on them while shopping or loading groceries into a car.

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