This has been happening so regularly lately we were wondering if it is a “thing,” and apparently it is.
An Orinda woman shopping at Trader Joe’s in Lafayette Jan. 16 encountered another shopper who apparently waited until she was distracted before exploring her purse and lifting her wallet – the thief heading straight to Walnut Creek and the Target store to purchase gift cards valued at a little over $1,800 on her victim’s dime.
Target provided the Orinda couple victimized in this theft with a screen capture from their surveillance video and the woman who purchased the cards can be clearly seen. They were hoping someone might be able to identify her – for obvious reasons.
Police said the incident occurred between 1 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. and that the shopper was still in the store with her daughter when her husband called to advise their bank had called about their credit card being used at Target.
That’s when police say the victim looked in her purse to discover her wallet had been lifted.
Call LPD if you know the woman in the picture – and, ladies, watch those purses while out shopping. This has been happening a lot as we said.