Bay Co. Sheriff Seeks Suspect in Purse Snatching

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February 27, 2013

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman believed to have stolen the contents of a purse accidentally left in a grocery cart at the Winn Dixie store on Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach.

The victim contacted the BCSO on February 1, 2013, to report she had accidentally left her purse behind after shopping at the Winn Dixie. When she returned to the store, a witness told her that a white woman drove up and was seen picking the purse up and entering the store with it. The purse was found empty in the ladies restroom in the store.

BCSO Criminal Investigations Division investigators made contact with management at the store and were given security video of the suspect. The woman is described as short and stocky with light brown or possibly red hair and wearing Capri jeans and a grey long-sleeved hoodie.

Investigators were able to track the suspect on video as she picked up the purse, entered the store carrying two purses, entered the ladies restroom, and then left the restroom carrying only one purse.

The suspect was driving a white GMC Jimmy or a Chevy Blazer with four doors and a small square sticker in the lower left corner of the back window.

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