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By: Sharon Aron Baron
Keep your wallets close because Coral Springs Police have reported teams of women behind a slew of distraction thefts targeting unsuspecting female shoppers.
Back on August 15, an 85 year old woman was shopping at the Walmart at Turtle Creek Drive when a suspect stole her wallet and used the stolen credit card to purchase $132.86 in merchandise. The suspect then changed into blue scrubs and attempted to purchase $400 at a nearby Target.
On that same day, an elderly 78 year old woman was shopping at Walmart in Coconut Creek when her wallet was stolen from her purse. The victim’s credit card was used at the same Target store to purchase $539.54 in merchandise.
On October 2, an elderly female was shopping at Walmart on Hillsboro Blvd when her wallet was stolen from her purse. The victim’s stolen credit card was used at that same store to make three purchases totaling $664.97.
On November 18 a woman was Christmas shopping at Toys R Us with her infant daughter and toddler son when her wallet was stolen from the bag in the shopping cart next to the infant. The victim remembers two heavyset black females as being the only one in the aisle with her at the time. The victim’s stolen credit card was used at Toys R Us for $1,425.76 in merchandise. Video surveillance shows two heavyset black females following the victim in the store. The two black females exited the store, went to a silver minivan or suv parked far away and a slim black female with scrubs exited the vehicle. The slim black female then used the stolen credit card.
The stolen credit card was then used at Target in Coral Springs, where the same slim black female used it for two transactions for a total purchase of $2,227.41 even with a security guard nearby. The victim’s stolen information was then used to open an Ebay account to purchase Facebook gift cards totally $45.06.
Police released photos of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help in catching them. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.