Thieves pluck wallets from distracted shoppers

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SAN DIEGO — A reward of up to $1,000 was offered Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of two women who stole wallets from distracted grocery store customers in La Jolla and University City and later used the victims’ credit cards.

A surveillance picture of the suspect who used a stolen credit card at Sprouts on April 22. (San Diego Crime Stoppers)

A surveillance picture of the suspect who used a stolen credit card at Sprouts on April 22. (San Diego Crime Stoppers)

The first theft occurred April 9 around 11:30 a.m. at Trader Joe’s at 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, according to San Diego police Officer Mark Herring. One of the suspects asked the victim questions about produce while the other fished her wallet out of her purse, which was in her shopping cart, he said.

The victim realized her wallet had been taken after the suspects left the store. Her credit card was then used at a Target store, according to Herring.

A similar incident was reported around noon April 22 at Sprouts at 3358 Governor Drive. That victim’s credit card was then used at a Target store at 8257 Mira Mesa Blvd., Herring said.

The suspect who struck up conversations with the victims, described as a black woman in her early 20s, was caught on surveillance video in one of the thefts.

A description of the second suspect was not immediately available.

Herring said the suspects may be traveling in a dark-colored sedan. He asked anyone with information on their identities or whereabouts to call police at (858) 552-1700, or to contact Crime Stoppers by calling (888) 580-8477, or send an email to


    • inariokaimi

      I love the sarcasm but it is entirely misplaced. This has been caught on camera so it isnt profiling. If it was only the victims descriptions then it would be profiling because everyone knows only those of African-American dissent comet crimes everyone else is a law abiding citizen.

  • LEON

    Fred is an inbred child molester. He idolizes Josh Duggar. Fred’s life motto is ” A family that cums together, stays together.”

    • Fred

      What’s the matter Leon? Did your sissta’ turn you down this morning little boy? Did your cell mate refuse to toss your salad while you were in prison? Didn’t yo’ momma get you past the 3rd grade? The facts are facts. Blacks make up 13 percent of the population and commit over 55 percent of all crime based on crimes solved. Only 9 percent of all crimes are solved therefore I’m sure it’s a much higher number. And unlike you, I have a wife and I know how many kids I have and they’re college grads who own their own homes and are successful tax paying citizens. MSNBC is calling…go there and attempt to read their biased racist stories. Fox doesn’t need you here. By the way, Soros won’t pay you to protest here….San Diego generally has good citizens, black, white, Hispanic, Asian and all others…

  • andy

    Blacks are responsible for most of the crimes in US, its a fact, live with that,
    Jungle fever, steal the banana….

  • Connie

    It was a white woman that stole a wallet out of a customer’s purse in a store I was in just yesterday…I’m black…Wasn’t me. Where does this nonsense come from? Criminals come in all colors…

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