Police search for purse thief
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for a woman who targets innocent victims while dining at restaurants.
Horacio Garcia was with his wife at BJ Brew House in Southwest Miami-Dade back in December. A woman seen on surveillance video was hovering over the back of Garcia's wife's chair, pretending to read a menu. She then slid the purse off the chair and casually walked away. "Oh, my God, we felt violated," said Garcia. "It was a nice purse. A purse that she uses only for Christmas, and it's something that she had for years."
Garcia is one of at least six purse theft victims at or near the Falls shopping area at Southwest 136th Street and 80th Avenue.
Another purse was stolen at a nearby Outback Steakhouse. "The woman walks in on unsuspecting females, waits for the female to be distracted for whatever reason. That is when she goes and grabs the woman's purse and walks out the door," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland.
Minutes after Garcia's wife's purse was stolen, the thief tried using her credit card in the area. "As we were cancelling the credit cards, they told us she's at Fuddruckers right now, so the police rushed over there, but they were too late," he said.
Police are releasing these videos of the woman they said targets busy shopping and restaurant areas around dinnertime.
Garcia hopes the woman gets caught. "We are going to get you. We are going to get you. Now we have your picture," said Garcia.
If you have any information on this woman's identity, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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