Police Looking for Purse Snatching Suspects

PRINCETON– State police are seeking two suspects that snatched a purse at the Walmart store near Princeton and then used a credit card to make thousands of dollars in purchases.

According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the incident occurred between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2016, according to Trooper J.L. Morris of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment. A purse was stolen from a 70-year-old woman’s shopping cart while she was in the Walmart.

One of the suspects, a man, distracted the woman while the second suspect, a woman, took the purse out of the shopping cart. When the elderly woman turned and saw the theft, both suspects ran from the store, Morris said.

The suspects later went to a Game Stop store near Walmart and then to a Lowe’s store, making approximately $3,000 in purchases, Morris said. Photos of the suspects have been passed along to other law enforcement agencies, but nobody has recognized the couple.

Images of the couple were obtained from security videos. Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has other information can contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-425-2101.

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