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Surveillance video shows man stealing woman's wallet at San Diego grocery store

Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 15:16:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Surveillance video captured the moment after a thief stole a woman's wallet inside a Midway District grocery store.

According to San Diego Crime Stoppers, the theft happened on Sept. 23 inside the Ralph’s grocery store located at 3345 Sports Arena Blvd.

While the 73-year-old female victim was in the freezer section, the man waited for the victim to open a freezer door and then approached her shopping cart. The suspect quickly removed the victim's wallet from her purse, which was placed at the top of the shopping cart.

The victim was right next to the cart but was looking inside a freezer when the theft occurred.

The suspected thief walked away without the victim realizing what had happened. The total loss of the wallet and cash inside it is over $2,500.

Investigators reviewed store surveillance footage, which showed the man following the victim throughout the store and appearing to target her.

The suspected thief is described as a white male, approximately 5’10“ tall, 175 lbs., with tanned skin. He was wearing a light-colored baseball cap with black sunglasses on the front of the cap, a light green short-sleeve button-up shirt, gray shorts, and black sandals.

Anyone with information should call the San Diego Police Department's Western Division at (619) 692-4800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.